A man has been charged with misdemeanor use of a weapon after a group of pro-life protesters who were praying outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois, claim that he pulled out a gun as he was entering the building.
Protesters said that the purported incident unfolded early on Saturday morning, as around 40 pro-life activists were praying across the street from the building.
That’s when Clifton Ratney, 21, allegedly flashed his gun as he walked toward the Planned Parenthood facility, reportedly later telling police that he did so due to the fact that the pro-life protesters were “shouting toward” him, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Watch video that captured the purported incident below:
Ratney — who was accompanying a woman inside of the clinic when the alleged incident unfolded — is said to have pulled a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun, putting it to his chest before once again concealing it and entering the building.
In a Live Action report that did not name Ratney, but that described a similar incident that unfolded at the same clinic over the weekend, pro-life protester Troy Buccini said that he was among those calling out to the couple, and that he continued to plead with them to “keep their child and leave the abortion clinic,” even after the gun had been pulled.
After protesters called authorities, police found Ratney in the Planned Parenthood waiting room and he reportedly admitted to having the gun.
“One of the pro-lifers called police,” Buccini told Live Action News. “He was arrested and the baby was spared for that day, at least.”
While Ratney did have an Indiana Conceal Carry license, he did not have a non-resident license, and was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon, according to the Chicago Tribune.