Pro-Lifer Attacked with SUV, Alleged Attacker Charged

Fri Jun 26, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Alex Bush

CHICO, CA, June 26, 2009 ( - James Canfield, a regular pro-life protester of a Planned Parenthood and Women's Health Center in Chico, California, was almost run down during a protest last Wednesday, according to the Chico Enterprise Record.  His alleged attacker, Matthew Haver, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Witnesses reported that a man driving an SUV attempted to strike Canfield, who dove out of the way and was not seriously injured.  The license plate of the SUV was taken down and was traced back to Haver, who was then arrested.

According to Chico Police Lt. John Carrillo, Canfield was protesting outside of a Planned Parenthood facility with a large, graphic sign of an aborted baby.  Haver drove by with a child with him, who asked what was on the sign.  Haver then apparently became enraged at the sight of the sign, and attempted to run down Canfield.

Haver was not held in Chico, however, since he apparently experienced a "medical emergency."  Carrillo refused to elaborate on the emergency, but did note that Haver was not harmed by any one else, while refusing to comment whether any injuries were self-inflicted.

Haver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was issued a citation ordering him to appear in Butte County Superior Court at a later date.


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