The 15-year-old pro-lifer punched in the face by an abortion activist forgave her assailant, whom police did not arrest, according to a Monday report.
Purity Thomas, the Roanoke, Va. high school Students for Life activist was punched in the face as she held a pro-life poster Saturday. She has since reportedly forgiven the woman, according to LifeSiteNews.
“I absolutely forgive [the assailant],” said Thomas to LifeSiteNews. “There’s no hard feelings towards her.”
Thomas said she wished she was able to “talk with her and be there for her.” The 15-year-old noted that while she knew who punched her, she was not disclosing the identity of her assailant because the woman had just had an abortion and she wants her to heal instead of receive harassment. Police have not arrested the assailant.
“I feel super sorry for her and I want her to know that we’re not violent, we actually care about her,” said Thomas. “Being punched was nothing compared to what those babies are feeling when they are aborted…and honestly, I would take a million punches if it saved one child.”
The 15-year-old said she planned to continue her pro-life work.
“It’s horrific that a minor expressing love for pregnant women was targeted for violence,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, in a press release sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But this is not an isolated incident. Across the country we are witnessing a rise in the number of incidents of vandalism and violence against peaceful pro-life speech.”
California State University, Fresno students sued a professor after he erased university-approved pro-life chalking on campus. A Texas State University student destroyed pro-life signs on campus in April.
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