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February-17-11

Wichita Dr. Seeking to Provide Abortion Blocked

Following a lawsuit filed by Foliage Development Inc., Dr. Mila Means has agreed not to perform abortions in the office space that she leases from the company and stated that she will seek another space for her medical practice. Foliage Development claimed that by offering abortions, Dr. Means would create safety issues and a public nuisance due to the daily protests by anti-abortion groups.

Protestors have been gathering outside Dr. Means' practice since December, when the Associated Press released a story that Dr. Means had been training to perform abortions at a Kansas City clinic. Last night, anti-abortion protestors demonstrated at Dr. Means' home. Operation Rescue Wichita, the anti-abortion group that had plagued Dr. Tiller for seven years, had published her address on its website.

Abortion services have not been available to women in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller's murder in May 2009.The Feminist Majority Foundation, which conducts oldest and largest national clinic defense project in the nation, had worked with Dr. Tiller and is helping besieged clinics in some 14 states. Harassment of abortion providers has increased since the election of a pro-choice President and Dr. Tiller's assassination.

Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) will broadcast from Wichita on Monday. She is repeatedly asking, "What kind of nation do you want to live in?" Do we want to live in a nation that tolerates domestic terrorism and by force and prevents doctors from providing a constitutionally protected service that is vitally needed by women?

Media Resources: Rachel Maddow Show 2/16/11; Kansas City Star 2/15/11, 2/3/11; Wichita Eagle 2/14/11; Mother Jones 2/4/11


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