Anti-abortion protestor Teresa Van Camp is apparently trying to force a test of U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones' ruling prohibiting anti-abortion protesters from contributing to "The Nuremberg Files" Web site.
Last month, a federal jury awarded $170 million to a group of abortion providers, doctors, and clinics, arguing that creators of "The Nuremberg Files" Web site had violated federal racketeering laws and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Later that same month, U.S. District Judge Jones issued an injunction that prohibits anti-abortion protesters from contributing to the Nuremberg Files Web site or to "wanted" posters that feature pictures of abortion providers. The injunction also ordered plaintiffs to turn any other similar materials over to authorities. Violators of the injunction may face criminal prosecution and fines of up to $1,000 a day.
Van Camp was known by her maiden name of Lindley during the eighties, when she was arrested a dozen times and served jail time for illegal anti-abortion activities. After "retiring" from anti-abortion protests for several years, she said she was spurred back into action after hearing about the Nuremberg Files ruling. She has already taken over 200 pictures of the patients, doctors, and staff of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Spokane, Washington and has stated that she plans to share them with Nuremberg Files creator Neal Horsley.
Planned Parenthood of Spokane's president John Nugent commented, "We believe that she is clearly attempting to challenge the Oregon trial results and Judge Jones' subsequent injunction." He added that Van Camp's picture-taking represents "a clear attempt to intimidate employees, volunteers and patients alike."
FBI and Spokane police officers have contact Van Camp about her actions, and U.S. Attorney Jim Connelly reported that he is doing research on whether or not Van Camp could be tried for violating FACE.
Media Resources: The Spokesman-Review - March 7, 1999
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