A Wisconsin man who planned to murder abortion providers had his (first) day in court on June 7. Ralph Lang was arrested almost two weeks ago at a Motel 6 in Madison, after the 63-year-old man accidentally fired a shot through the door of his room. When asked why he had the gun, Lang told police that it was “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.” He also said that he was going to go to a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic and shoot the doctor in the head; when asked if he just planned on shooting the doctor or would harm the nurses as well, Lang said that he wished he “could line them all up in a row, get a machine gun, and mow them all down.”
Lang has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and in yesterday’s preliminary hearing he was told that he had too many assets to qualify for a public defender. Lang also faces a federal misdemeanor charge of “threatening to injure or interfere with persons providing reproductive health services.” Federal prosecutors are also considering seeking a felony indictment against Lang, and plan to have made that decision before a grand jury convenes in early July. Lang is currently in jail; if he is released on bond, he will not be allowed within 1,000 feet of a reproductive health clinic.