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84-year-old pro-life volunteer shot in Michigan after she had a 'heated' exchange, anti-abortion group says
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84-year-old pro-life volunteer shot in Michigan after she had a 'heated' exchange, anti-abortion group says

An 84-year-old volunteer for a pro-life group was shot following an alleged "heated" exchange while she was canvassing door-to-door regarding an abortion ballot proposal.

A woman was knocking on doors in a neighborhood of Lake Odessa on Sept. 20.

She was attempting to discuss the state's upcoming vote on Proposal 3 and hand out pro-life pamphlets.

Bridge Michigan – the state's nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization – explains Proposal 3 as:

A "yes" vote would write a broad new right to "reproductive freedom" into the Michigan Constitution, invaliding a 1931 abortion ban and potentially other existing regulations.

A "no" vote would leave abortion access up to elected officials in Lansing or judges, who have so far suspended enforcement of the state’s 91-year-old ban under rulings that abortion opponents are appealing to higher courts.

The pro-life advocate was attempting to persuade Michiganders to vote against Proposal 3 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

The woman is a volunteer of Right to Life of Michigan – a self-described "nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of diverse and caring people united to protect the precious gift of human life from fertilization to natural death."

During one of her stops, the volunteer allegedly got into a "heated conversation" with a resident.

"The 84-year-old victim said that she was shot in the back/shoulder while leaving a residence during a heated conversation, and that the man who shot her was not a part of her conversation," Right to Life of Michigan said.

"The victim does not know the identity or motive of her shooter," the pro-life group stated. "The victim is still recovering from her gunshot wound and wishes to remain anonymous while the criminal investigation proceeds."

Michigan State Police confirmed the shooting, and said the 84-year-old woman drove herself to the Lake Odessa Police Department after she was shot. The unidentified woman was then taken to an area hospital. She has since been treated and released from the hospital.

Law enforcement has not released any information about the shooter.

Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting and will present its findings to the Ionia County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges, according to WWMT.

"We're glad the victim is recovering, and our volunteers will continue knocking doors on Proposal 3," Right to Life of Michigan official Chris Gast told Fox News.

Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon slammed her Democratic opponent and current governor, "Whitmer continues to flood the airwaves with lies about abortion and now an 84-year-old pro-life volunteer was SHOT while canvassing their neighborhood to explain how extreme Gretchen’s position is. This is madness."

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