A woman who police say threw a Molotov cocktail at a group of women praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Monday evening, has been charged with aggravated assault. Austin police and members of the bomb squad responded to E. Ben White Boulevard after receiving a call shortly after 6 p.m.
According to the executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life, the group was able to record part of the suspect’s license plate number before she drove away, which led police to 52-year-old Melanie Toney. Toney was pulled over less than three miles away from the clinic.
“This is definitely the first time that something of this nature has been thrown at us that’s actually threatened and put people in danger, so it’s obviously very alarming,” said Heather Gardner, executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life. She said people have thrown objects at them before, but nothing like this.
Ruth Allwein is a volunteer of the pro-life campaign called 40 Days For Life, which hosts peaceful protests by praying in front of an abortion clinic, and was outside the Planned Parenthood when the incident took place.
“It had a lit wick, so my first instinct was to back away, then I wasn’t sure what to do,” said Allwein. “I ended up coming over and stamping on it, so it was a little bit nerve-racking. I thought about leaving it alone but then my thought was, ‘What if it explodes, what’s going to happen?’ So I decided it was worth coming back coming back over here and doing something about it.” (Read more from “Woman Arrested for Throwing Molotov Cocktail at Pro-Lifers In Front of Planned Parenthood” HERE)
[Editor’s note: the below video is incredibly biased, suggesting it is unknown whether the alleged attacker was throwing her Molotov cocktail at the abortion clinic or the protesters. That is despite the multiple eyewitnesses to the contrary. The video also highlights past acts of alleged violence against abortion clinics. And the Planned Parenthood’s director’s statements regarding his organization’s non-violence is laughable]