Kansas Abortion Provider Under Attack

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“Are doctors who are willing to provide [abortions] still just on their own, with their face on WANTED posters … waiting to see what happens next?… How do we as a country react?”

Rachel Maddow posed that question last week as she reported from Kansas on the escalating campaign of threats, harassment and terror against Dr. Mila Means, who recently announced her plans to provide abortions in Wichita.

Abortions have not been available in the city since the murder of Dr. George Tiller in May 2009. Means has now become the target of an aggressive campaign led by anti-abortion extremists. WANTED-style posters featuring Means’ photograph and address are being circulated in Wichita and online, and about a dozen anti-abortion zealots stalked the physician at her rural Wichita home.

Threats of violence against abortion providers intended to prevent them from providing reproductive health-care services—like those against Means—are prohibited by the FACE act, by state anti-stalking laws and by criminal threat and trespass laws. Although these threats can and should be prosecuted, all too often they are not. And time and again, threats that are ignored by law enforcement escalate to violence. [Read more...]

Wednesday News Roundup

Lots of news about those anti-choice wingnuts getting their comeuppance.

N. Carolina Anti-choicer on Trial for Making Those Wanted Posters – NPR
Abortion Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty – Feminist Daily News
Dr. Warren Hern Speaks Ups about How Common Threats Against Abortion Providers Are – Time

On the other hand, the asshats are gloating about the election results. Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman has gone so far as to say “it’s like Christmas morning.” (Read it in the New York Times.)

Anti-Choice Extremists Circulate “Wanted” Posters in North Carolina

Late last week, anti-abortion extremists distributed “Wanted” posters for three abortion providers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. As Rachel Maddow noted on her show, the information on the posters is “very specific,” and includes pictures, office addresses, and the home address of one doctor.

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