Everett Stadig, a 69-year-old volunteer who has been collecting signatures for Colorado's Personhood amendment, was reportedly violently thrown off of his bicycle and assaulted this week. The pro-life advocate suffered a broken hip and has gone through surgery to replace a portion of it after a man became irate and attacked him outside of a grocery store in Denver.
Problems started for Stadig when, as LifeSiteNews reports, he asked the man in question if he would be willing to sign the Personhood petition (activists need 86,000 to get the measure on November ballots). The individual refused to sign and apparently started yelling, swearing and proclaiming, "I'm pro-choice."
At this point in the conversation, Stadig told LifeSiteNews that he explained to the man that a pro-choice stance meant being supportive of abortion and he, once again, urged him to sign. This was apparently too much for the suspect to handle, as he initially walked away, but then came back seconds later ranting once again.
In addition to telling Stadig that he didn't have a right to be stationed outside of the store, the currently unnamed man (the victim describes him as about six feet tall and in his mid-thirties) turned violent.
"I do have a right to be here, this is a Colorado Petition Drive," Stadig recalled telling the man. "Then he grabbed my petition pad, and with the same movement threw me to ground, and I was hurt so bad I couldn’t get up."
Interestingly, the victim claims that 10 to 20 people were nearby and that seven witnesses saw the altercation unfold. Unfortunately, he claims they were too far away to intervene and that the man promptly left after harming him. Stadig initially couldn't get up off of the ground, so someone inevitably help him by writing the culprit's license plate down before he drove off.
Oddly, no one surrounding Stadig offered to help him up, but security personel from the store eventually came over to assist him. He spoke to LifeSiteNews from his hospital bed, where he is receiving treatment for his broken hip, the ball socket of which needed to be replaced.