TAKOMA PARK, Maryland (LifeSiteNews) — An 83-year-old pro-life woman was physically attacked by a much younger woman as she prayerfully protested outside an abortion facility in a suburb of Washington, D.C.
The unprovoked, brutal assault on Olga Fairfax occurred at a busy intersection on Saturday morning, July 8, in front of a Takoma Park office building housing the Silver Spring Gynecology and Family Planning. This business offers medical and surgical abortions.
Longtime pro-life warrior Olga Fairfax had stationed herself and her 4’ x 6’ sign depicting an aborted child when, despite heavy traffic, a woman stopped her car in the road, jumped out, and proceeded to land one blow after another relentlessly on Fairfax’s body.
Wielding a can of black enamel spray paint, the woman then tussled with Fairfax in an attempt to obscure the aborted child’s image, managing to spray the octogenarian’s clothing and skin in the process.
Fairfax screamed, “Save me, Save me! Stop, Stop!” and “Call the police!” but passersby continued on their way to shops and a Starbucks next door.
The woman then wrenched the sign out of Fairfax’s hand and tossed it into the street at the crossroads of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard.
A man driving by stopped to assist Fairfax and eventually calmed her attacker.
Fairfax told LifeSiteNews that she’s still sore four days later after having been beaten on her upper body, arms, and hands.
“This was elder abuse,” said Fairfax.
“For fifty years I’ve been in this war. Before this war is over, we ourselves will see our blood spilled on the sidewalk,” she predicted. “It’s a war: God against Satan, good against evil.”
“I don’t know her name, but I put my attacker on my prayer list right away,” she added.
Fairfax’s grassroots pro-life credentials are stunning. She has counseled at four crisis pregnancy centers in Maryland over the course of five decades and helped launch the first pregnancy center in America in nearby College Park, home to the University of Maryland.
Two members of the Knights of Columbus who were praying the Rosary about a block away from where Fairfax was posted also came running when they heard her cries for help.
One of the Knights, Greg McFadden, summoned the police after helping to protect Fairfax. However, the woman was gone by the time they arrived.
This is the second time in just a little over a month that elderly pro-lifers have been attacked as they’ve peacefully protested outside an abortion centers in the Old Line State.
In late May, two older gentlemen were viciously assaulted outside Planned Parenthood on N. Howard Street in Baltimore, sending one of the men to the hospital.
A fellow pro-lifer told LifeSiteNews at the time that one man’s plate bone in his upper right cheek was “completely fractured” and that he was “bleeding from some unidentified area behind his eye and the bone eye orbit is completely shattered and will have to be replaced with metal.”