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No arrest made yet after pro-life volunteer shot

No arrest made yet after pro-life volunteer shot


No arrest made yet after pro-life volunteer shot

After a pro-life volunteer in Michigan was shot and wounded while door-knocking over a controversial ballot amendment, a fellow pro-lifer says people shouldn’t be in danger for exercising their First Amendment rights.

The ballot on Nov. 8 will include Prop 3, which enshrines abortion in the state constitution, and the unnamed shooting victim was canvassing homes Sept. 20 in Lake Odessa to urge people to vote against it.

Anna Visser, of Right to Life of Michigan, tells AFN the volunteer was involved in an “altercation” at a home with another woman where the volunteer was shot in the arm and shoulder by another person, a man, who was not involved in that argument.

The pro-life canvasser, who was handing out pamphlets about Prop 3, was exercising her First Amendment rights and was acting peacefully, according to the pro-life group.

“So she doesn't deserve to be shot in the back,” Visser says, “just because someone doesn't agree with her.”

Visser, Anna (Right to Life of Michigan) Visser

Reached by phone Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Michigan State Police told AFN the shooting is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

In a statement provided to AFN, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, for the county of Ionia, confirmed a woman was shot and injured, and a firearm has been recovered by MSP.

The statement also said the investigation is not complete and is ongoing.

The shooting victim, who is 84, drove herself to a nearby police station. From there she was transported to a hospital, where she was treated and released.

Visser says the shooting victim is in “good spirits” after the shooting, “but she's still recovering from a gunshot wound.”