The Justice Department filed a civil complaint last week against an anti-abortion activist for sending a threatening letter to Dr. Mila Means, the Kansas doctor who plans to offer abortion services at her Wichita practice. Dr. Means has been the target of anti-abortion protests and harassment since she began training to provide abortion services in December.
The letter, written by Angel Dillard, 44, claimed that thousands of people were looking into her background. "They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live." Dillard is accused of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), a law protecting abortion clinics. If enforced, FACE would prohibit Dillard from contacting Means or coming within 250 feet of her home and the clinic.
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 the 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.
Media Resources: Kansas City Star 4/18/11; Associated Press, 4/17/11; Feminist News 2/17/11; The Wichita Eagle 4/16/11
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