Man to stand trial in shooting of anti-abortion canvasser

ODESSA TOWNSHIP, Michigan (AP) — A western Michigan man is on trial for shooting an 84-year-old woman who was doing a door-to-door investigation into a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict the right to abortion in the state.

A judge on Wednesday ruled against Richard Harvey, 74, who is charged with assault and careless use of a weapon. WOOD TV reported.

Joan Jacobson was shot September 20 at Harvey’s home in Odessa Township, a community about 210 kilometers northwest of Detroit. Jacobson told investigators she asked a woman at home to vote against Proposal 3 in November when she was told to leave.

Jacobson said she felt pain, drove to a local police station and was later treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to her shoulder.

Harvey told WOOD TV that he accidentally shot Jacobson with a .22-caliber rifle while she was arguing with his wife and brandishing a clipboard. He said he told Jacobson to leave their property several times.

Jacobson, a longtime volunteer for the Right to Life of Michigan, said she never waved her clipboard.

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abortion rights would be constitutionally guaranteed in Michigan if Proposal 3 is adopted on November 8. A 1931 state law makes it a crime to perform most abortions, but the law was suspended in May and a judge this week declared it unconstitutional.

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