Anti-Abortion Extremist Breaks Agreement to Stay Away from Mississippi Clinic
Anti-abortion extremist Roy McMillan admitted in court on Friday that he had violated a federal agreement to stay away from Mississippi's only abortion clinic. McMillan signed a consent decree in 1995 after violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act ( see PDF).
The Clarion Ledger reports that Dr. Joseph Booker, the physician at the Jackson Women's Health Organization, testified that he feared for his life. The federal complaint states that McMillan threatened Dr. Booker by saying multiple things like, "You may die today. Are you prepared to meet your maker? Repent."
The U.S. Justice Department attorney asked McMillan if killing abortion providers is morally justifiable, according to the Clarion Ledger. McMillan replied, "I think there are times you can break a law for a higher good."
If convicted, McMillan could face fines of up to $20,000 and he could be placed under increased restrictions in future protest activities. Federal Judge Henry Wingate should announce his decision later this week.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .