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Man stabbed in fight with protester outside Planned Parenthood clinic

October 24, 2012|By Kim Murphy
  • Police hold a man suspected in a stabbing outside the Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon health clinic.
Police hold a man suspected in a stabbing outside the Planned Parenthood… (Shaun Hall / Grants Pass…)

SEATTLE -- A man was stabbed seven times outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grants Pass, Ore., after an altercation with an antiabortion protester. Police said Wednesday they have not yet made any arrests in connection with the case.

"There may be arrests in the future, but that's still under investigation. There's still people we need to talk to," Lt. Dennis Ward told the Los Angeles Times.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon when Grants Pass resident Kailah Clair, 22, kicked over antiabortion signs that had been placed outside the clinic by a protester, Christopher Tolhurst, according to a police report.

Tolhurst responded by pushing her, officials said, and Clair went home and returned with her father, Ted Clair, who pushed Tolhurst to the ground and punched him several times in the face.

Officers arrived in the middle of the confrontation and separated the two men, but by that time, Ted Clair had been stabbed  several times in the abdomen and neck, officials said.

Kailah Clair was treated for a stab wound to the hand, and Tolhurst was treated and released for minor injuries. Ted Clair has been hospitalized with serious injuries, Ward said.

Planned Parenthood said on its website that the clinic does not offer abortions but does provide referrals to other healthcare providers for the procedure.

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