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Legislator assaulted for abortion beliefs

Britain's longest-serving member of Parliament, Sir Bernard Braine, said Sunday he was attacked by abortion-rights activists after speaking at an anti-abortion rally. Braine, 75, called the Father of the House of Commons because of his long service, said he was punched and kicked by two people after the rally Saturday.

He believed his attackers were among "screaming fanatics" who had heckled his speech.

"My belief is that they had seen me in the hall and watched me closely as I came out and decided to rough me up," said Braine, who suffered a black eye and injured arm.

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