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68-year-old Aussie pro-lifer suffers fractured jaw after assault outside abortion facility

Andrew Smith, Australian correspondent

ALBURY, Australia, July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A retired farmer and Vietnam war veteran has been felled by an unidentified young man outside the Fertility Control Clinic in Albury, New South Wales.  The victim, Greg, who is in his seventies was taken by ambulance to Albury Base Hospital where scans revealed a fractured jaw. He also suffered an injury to his back.

In video obtained by LifeSiteNews, the younger man is seen approaching the member of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants and assaults him.  Greg raises his own arm as a natural act of self-defense and steps back.  While he is on the back foot, the younger man then moves forward to deliver a punch.  The force of the blow is enough to send him into the fence where the back of his head strikes it.

The offender then walks back to his car where two young children were waiting inside.  At the same time witnesses rushed from all directions, including one woman who stopped her car to give aid.

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But it could have been much worse. When Greg fell to the fence his head struck the upper level. If he had been standing any further away from the fence when he was punched, his head would have instead hit the lower brick section at a more dangerous angle.  A medical professional who has viewed the footage confirmed that the resulting head injury could have easily sent him directly to an intensive care unit.  Surviving that type of injury can come down to the exact placement and angle of the trauma.

Reaction on social media was swift, with one woman commenting: “Everyone classes anyone who punches a 70yo Vietnam vet as the lowest form of scum. Its not acceptable in any circles as with punching a woman.”

Opposing group, Rights To Privacy Albury, has issued a statement saying that they do not condone “any kind of violence, harassment [sic] or intimidation from anybody.”

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