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Stabbing At Planned Parenthood Clinic

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A man is stabbed multiple times during a confrontation with an anti-abortion protester  That fight happened outside the Planned Parenthood office in Grants Pass on Tuesday night, but so far no one involved has been arrested.

The situation evolved quickly from a single person picketing Planned Parenthood, to an argument over his signs, to a fight, to a stabbing. A private security officer was stationed outside the office on Wednesday, Grants Pass police say 54-year-old Christopher Tolhurst had been picketing outside the Planned Parenthood every day for the past few weeks. He would be by himself, carrying anti-abortion signs.

Police say Tuesday, 22-year-old Kailah Claire confronted Tolhurst and kicked over his signs. Tolhurst then shoved Claire. She returned later with her father, 48-year-old Ted Claire, who pushed Tolhurst down and repeatedly punched him in the face. Tolhurst then took out a knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen and neck. Police say they are still reviewing with the district attorney to see if there will be any charges.

“He has not been arrested at this time. We’re conferring with the district attorney on this case, because there are certainly self-defense issues,” said Grants Pass Police Lt. Dennis Ward.

A representative from Three Rivers Hospital could not comment on Ted Claire’s condition. Planned Parenthood said it is in communication with law enforcement about the incident and plans to remain open. Its website says the Grants Pass clinic does not offer abortion services.

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  1. Julz says:

    Typical uneducated grants passian to protest at a clinic where abortions are not preformed!

  2. Jared says:

    I have been doing physical therapy right there since June. I have seen Tolhurst 2 to 3 times a week since then.. He has never been a problem when I pull in and out of the driveway, and has always been pretty quiet. The one thing we can’t forget is we have the right to protest. You don’t have to agree with what people are protesting, but it’s still a right that we have in a free country. I see protests all the time here, from Occupy movements to Tea Party, to Abortion. That’s the beautiful thing about our country… we can do this without persecution.

    The fact that the girl confronted him and began kicking signs and most likely doing more than her testimony doesn’t suprise me… Do I agree with Tolhurst’s decision to stab the dad? I wasn’t there, and don’t know how badly he was being beaten, but if I was getting the crap kicked out of me by some idiot on a rampage, I would defend myself however I needed to.

    Before anybody judges Tolhurst, think about the big picture… He didn’t start the fight.. he simply excercised his god given right to protest, and somebody didn’t like it.

    Life isn’t one-dimensional. The world isn’t simply divided into good versus evil. I think we’re all capable of both.

  3. Aaron says:

    From what I read on other news services, the girl was walking down the street and the protestor was blocking or had his signs blocking the sidewalk. She kicked the signs out of her way and the protestor “chest bumped” her off the sidewalk. Then she returned later with her dad. The dad became violent, the protestor escalated the violence by using a knife, whether in self defense or not it was an escalation of the situation. Thank God the dad is doing ok after being stabbed seven times in the abdomen and the neck.

    You have the right to protest, you dont have the right to obstruct people who are just walking by.

    Pro-choice people, do not engage with protestors, you are not going to change their minds, and likely they are not going to change yours.

    Both sides feel strong about their opinions, and you never know when passion about an issue will combine with emotional instability. Protect yourselves, and express your opinions in a safe forum, not in a confrontation on the street.

    Thank you, be safe, be courteous, and be happy.

    Aaron- Pro-choice male who chose to have a family.

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