— A woman who was a patient at the Women’s Health Care Clinic in Lees, California, is now suing the facility after being allegedly assaulted by an anti–abortion protester, according to a complaint filed Friday.
The woman, who is not identified in the lawsuit, was “assaulted and attacked, including punching and kicking,” according to the lawsuit.
“Her dignity and her safety was in danger because she was being attacked,” the lawsuit reads.
The complaint alleges that “the protester and her accomplices engaged in an extensive, vicious and criminal assault” against the woman.
According to the complaint, the woman was attacked on February 17, 2019, when she was in the middle of giving a presentation to a group of people.
She was “hit in the face, punched and kicked” by the protester, who allegedly shouted, “You don’t want to go to Lees because you are a cancer patient.”
The woman was left with “serious and permanent injuries,” including a bruise on her right cheek.
She suffered “an additional four bruises to her face and back,” according the complaint.
According a statement from Lees police, the protest took place after a meeting between the woman and the protesters.
During the meeting, a protester was allegedly yelling, “We are not here to take abortion out of California.”
“This is a civil rights issue,” said Lees Police Chief Mike Steeves.
“This person has done nothing wrong and we are going to prosecute her.
If there’s no criminal intent, we’re not going to bring criminal charges.”
According to a statement released by the clinic, the incident “is a clear violation of the facility’s policies and the law.”
The clinic was founded in 1975 by Mary Weng, a medical-marijuana patient, and was named a Women’s Healthcare Facility of the Year by the California Department of Public Health in 2017.
The clinic has been closed since March.