Texas Woman Arrested After Throwing Molotov Bomb at Pro-Lifers Outside Planned Parenthood

ToneyAUSTIN, Texas — A Texas woman was arrested Monday night after she allegedly threw a homemade Molotov bomb at a group of pro-lifers praying outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Austin.

Melanie Toney, 52, was taken into custody after witnesses to the incident were able to write down part of her license plate number and call police. She now faces charges of aggravated assault.

The incident occurred outside of Planned Parenthood’s South Austin Health Center at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, as a woman was seen slowly driving up to the location. Members of 40 Days for Life and the Texas Coalition for Life had been standing outside of the facility that day praying for the plight of the unborn.

Ruth Allwein with 40 Days for Life told local television station KXAN that she initially thought that perhaps the woman was pulling up to ask for information, but then realized that something was terribly wrong.

“I realized she was throwing something out the window and it was on fire,” Allwein explained. “It had a lit wick, so my first instinct was to back away, then I wasn’t sure what to do.”

She decided to approach the object and stomp out the fire.

“I ended up coming over and stamping on it, so it was a little bit nerve-racking,” Allwein outlined. “I thought about leaving it alone but then my thought was, ‘What if it explodes, what’s going to happen?’ So I decided it was worth coming back coming back over here and doing something about it.”

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The Austin police and bomb squad arrived on the scene, and discovered a determined that a paper towel wrapped around a wick had been placed in a Gumout gas treatment bottle, which was then lit on fire. The homemade explosive, called a Molotov cocktail, thankfully did not ignite as it fell on a soft, grassy area of the property, police stated. Had it exploded, the situation could have been much worse.

“This is definitely the first time that something of this nature has been thrown at us that’s actually threatened and put people in danger, so it’s obviously very alarming,” Heather Gardner, executive director of Central Texas Coalition for Life, told reporters.

Toney was arrested just a few miles from the facility. She initially denied any involvement in the incident, but later admitted that the bomb “might” have been lit before she threw it out the car window.

A motive is still being determined in the matter.

“We know that many women are hurting from past abortion experiences,” Gardner told Life News. “One of the ways people sometimes lash out is through anger and violence. We pray for this woman and pray for healing in her heart if she is hurting from a past abortion.”


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  • The Skeptical Chymist

    This is a despicable action that deserves to be fully prosecuted. And I say this as a person who fully supports abortion rights.

  • The Last Trump

    Well, what did you expect?
    People who have no problem murdering their own children are supposed to care about yours? She probably never even thought twice about tossing that bomb into the crowd.
    Shocking.

    • Paul Hiett

      By that logic, all Christians are like Scott Roeder.

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        With all due respect, Paul, that is not quite right – though I appreciate where you were headed here. This woman was behaving perfectly consistent with her belief that it is OK to kill an innocent defenseless human being in the womb. In other words, if an individual feels that it is OK to kill the weakest amongst us, then surely it would be OK to kill those who were not as weak. So, this woman was acting perfectly consistent, even “reasonable,” within her worldview, whether she had had an abortion or not. She was operating true to her “faith” if you will.

        On the other hand, a Christian, like Roeder if he is one, who commits murder is acting inconsistent with his worldview. (“Thou shalt not murder”, “love your neighbor as yourself,” etc.) So, while these atrocities have certainly happened over Christian history, we need to separate behavior from doctrine. Bless you!

    • Phipps Mike

      aborting a “non life” aka “non viable fetus”, is NOT the same as killing a life of somebody that has already been born. Save the theatrics.

      • The Last Trump

        Says you. Tell it to your Creator when you see Him.
        Until then, save the lectures.
        I’m not a subscriber to “When Life Begins” according to Mike. Thanks.

        And remember to keep a sharp eye out when passing a pro-life rally.
        You just might be killed by the sicko’s you like to defend.

        • Phipps Mike

          lecture? when did you start wearing your heart on your sleeve?
          and MANY do not subscribe to the idea of life before viable-ness.
          Who is defending this lady? not me. I was just making a personal observation of your melodramatic statement.

          • The Last Trump

            Theatrics? And who said anything about viable-ness?!
            “People who have no problem murdering their OWN children”??

            Did you see something in that sentence, that clearly is not there, regarding any timelines whatsoever or stages of development? Me neither.

            Make you a deal. I’ll stop with the “theatrics” (?!) when you stop playing Devil’s Advocate, looking for points of contention that are not there, simply for the sake of being argumentative. You clown! 😉

          • Phipps Mike

            lol….yea, I just think that when you say their own children, its generalizing to include non viable life. I play devils advocate because there is an exception to almost every rule.

  • TheBBP

    Some folks REALLY do not like being reminded of their sin.

  • Coach

    The amazing thing is the reaction on the matter to pray for the woman whose intent was to kill people while praying. This is a story of grace and to God be the glory because it could’ve been much different. Jesus Christ died for sinners such as these. Thank God for believers who confront sinners in their need for repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ.

    • TheBBP

      Well said, Coach. Some of us may have been as lost as this woman is. It also reminds me of a song b Brandon Heath that brings me down off my perch whenever I hear it or it enters my heart…

      Give me your eyes for just one second
      Give me your eyes so I can see
      Everything that I keep missing
      Give me your love for humanity
      Give me your arms for the broken hearted
      The ones that are far beyond my reach
      Give me you heart for the ones forgotten
      Give me your eyes so I can see

      I’ve been here a million times
      A couple of million eyes
      Just move and pass me by
      I swear I never thought that I was wrong
      I need a second glance
      Give me a second chance
      To see the way you’ve seen the people all along

      It’s powerful.

  • http://cezarthescribe.forumchitchat.com/ Cezar

    Communist liberals.
    Time to ban the murder of the unborn.

  • thoughtsfromflorida

    There is no justification for such actions. I hope that she is held accountable to the full extent of the law.

  • Kathryn Evans

    I used to be pro-choice, but became pro-life around 1998. Several years ago I was protesting outside the Spokane PP, and a guy even drove up on the sidewalk to try to hit me. Lots of people yell obscenities. One woman drove up, got out, grabbed my sign and ripped it in half (and kept it). she yelled at me, and then I called her bluff and asked, “You’ve had an abortion before, haven’t you?” and she got this weird look on her face like, “How did you know?” Then she got back in her car and drove away.
    Since she had my sign, I pray she got a good, hard look at it (1st-trimester abortion), and that it pierced her conscience and led to a change of mind and heart.

    • jmichael39

      In the 90s I was outside of some clinics praying a few times. There was one clinic where I had to park one block over from where everyone else was gathering. Instead walking around the block to get to them, I decided to walk through the parking lot that connected the two streets

      Two of the male pro-choice goons approached to try to force me to go back. They were trying to intimidate me physically. I stopped in the middle of the parking lot and looked them in the eyes. I told them I was merely walking through the lot. That if want to physically assault me for doing that they should remember that whether they have written authority from the building owner or from PP, they are tacitly representing those parties as their “agents in fact”. And if they try to physically assault me that I would hold them, PP and the building owner liable.
      They moved immediately and I walked straight through the lot.

  • Marvels of life

    I’m just asking a question here. Would this fall under the heading of a ‘hate crime’? I don’t know so I’m just asking. Also I wanted to give notice to the brave woman that stomped it out. She could have saved lives. I wish things like this would never happen. I understand people with differing views but to take it to this extreme is something I just can’t understand. It makes me want to tear up with emotion. When will these types of things ever end? It seems that people have become so angry with each other. Isn’t it time we start loving each other and stop hating one another. We are all individuals, sure we have differing opinions, but that doesn’t mean we have to have hate and anger in these discussions. Ok I know, I got on my soap box. I’m done now.

    • Phipps Mike

      they have to find the intent before it could be considered a hate crime. This isnt as bad as that guy who just made a bill to kill all gays. http://www.frontiersmedia.com/frontiers-blog/2015/03/23/california-ballot-initiative-wants-to-see-gays-put-to-death-by-bullets-to-the-head/

      • prolife5

        Yes, Phipps Mike molotov cocktails, sticks and stones are worse than empty words on signature- less petition. The fact that you can’t see that is confusing and awkward.

        • Phipps Mike

          a bill is not a petition.Anyway, you don’t have to play coy and act like I am talking about the situation while its on paper only. If the gays DID get killed, that’s the part I am referring to.

      • Marvels of life

        I’ve seen that, and it’s horrible. I don’t support the ‘gay’ lifestyle so to speak, but love the person. I believe that is what Jesus teaches, and many a Christian loves to judge the person while taking love out of the equation. I do believe that in some cases it is a life style choice, in some cases it is shown to be at an early stage in life that genders and the mind are at odds making it difficult for a young child. I don’t think in the cases of those that God would not love them any less. I am not the judge of people’s behaviors. The reason for that is because that is personal, and Christ is personal. The Bible indicates that all people have a chance for redemption through him and Jesus clearly said, “I didn’t come to judge the world, I came to save it.” With that in mind I don’t see how anyone could be so evil as to say they would kill gays. I remember a day when the KKK said that about black people. I remember the day when there were signs on the doors saying that a black person was not allowed into a restaurant based on their color. Persecuting people is no way to show the good in people that claim they are good. Only when people get off of their high horses and understand the person, will this ever change. As you can see in comments this hate and anger is so common between people behind a screen that it is disturbing. I hope for change. We can sometimes just agree to disagree without the personal attacks. I hope you feel similar. You certainly seem like a good man to me.

        • Phipps Mike

          thanks, I don’t attack in a mean way unless I am attacked first.

          • Marvels of life

            My pleasure. I try to encourage people to stick with the issues and not go for the personal attacks. It’s difficult but it can be done.

  • Jeanie Nelson

    Her evil is evident

  • Gordon Dawe

    Thank God that the bomb did not go off. God knows this woman’s heart and we can only
    guess as to why she did it. And thank the Lord that the women who stomped on it wasn’t hurt as well. We need to take our hurts to God no matter how extreme they may feel. When people endanger others lives it is so tragic and sometimes they are ill themselves but only God knows this, I am glad nonone was hurt.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/christians-are-called-to-love-not-to-judge?cid=db_articles

  • Peter Leh

    Poor lady. hope she finds help.

  • Frank

    What can you expect from anyone that murders babies.

    • bob

      you like most anti choicers,have confused infanticide (INVOLVES babies,NOT legal) with abortion (legal,involves NO babies) if you know of someone killing babies,you should call the police

  • jjhot254 .

    I was pro-choice, it was a given, no thought about it, it was never about babies, it was all about “CHOICE” for women, yes, I was a confessing christian, but nominal at best, my church NEVER talked about it, the society at large does not realize its about anothe LIFE, they only think in terms of CHOICE, like I did. Yes, I realized, and I went through tearful confessions, thinking about it still saddens me with guilt with black holes in my heart,

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Many (most?) of us were. The brainwashing happens early in life. Praise God you are now pro-life! Thank you for sharing and God bless!

  • Disqusdmnj

    May she get every penalty under the law she deserves.