A Kansas woman allegedly assaulted a teenage girl on life support after the student knocked on her door Sunday.
Student Grace Hartsock went door-to-door to call Kansas voters for Tuesday’s abortion referendum. According to Students for Life, an organization where Hartsock volunteers, the incident occurred when she addressed a home in Leawood.
Hartsock says the woman who answered the door politely said she wasn’t interested when she found out why Hartsock had knocked.
“No, I’m sorry, I don’t think you want to talk to us,” the woman said.
Hartsock turned to leave when another voice, also female, shouted and cursed from further down the house.
“Don’t apologize to her, mom,” the woman yelled, according to SFL.
A second woman, whose identity has not been released, reportedly followed Hartsock out of the home, berating her. The SFL says the woman shoved Hartsock in the chest and began punching him in the head.
Hartsock withstood the blows until the woman’s mother got her daughter to stop. But the woman continued to scream, telling Hartsock, “I hope you get raped” and “I hope you get hit by a car,” according to SFL.
The teenager was able to capture the last moments of the encounter on her phone, showing the woman back towards the house, still pelting the robbers.
SFL says Hartsock filed a complaint with the Leewood Police Department about the incident. Hartsock declined an interview with Fox News Digital.
“Since the shock, the student has been experiencing headaches and body aches, and Students for Life Action has put her in touch with an attorney. She and Students for Life Action are considering a legal response. SFL spokeswoman Kristi Hamrick told Fox.
Kansas residents are voting on an amendment to the state constitution that would allow state lawmakers to regulate access to abortion. The state will be the first in the country to hold a vote on abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June.
The “count them both” amendment would “affirm Kansas’ constitutional right to have an abortion or require government funding for abortions, and would leave to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislatures, the right to enact laws governing abortion.” , including but not limited to circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
The referendum comes about three years after the state Supreme Court ruled that the Kansas constitution protects abortion rights in 2019.
Kansas is a heavily Republican state, and the legislature is likely to pass abortion restrictions soon after the referendum if the amendment passes. It was the GOP’s supermajority in the state legislature that ensured the referendum would take place after 2019. ruling and the collapse of Roe.