Closing arguments were delivered in the NOW vs. Schiedler lawsuit, in which the National Organization for Women (NOW) is suing extremist anti-abortion groups for violating federal racketeering laws. NOW attorney Fay Clayton said, “When they prey on a woman’s fears to make her give up her rights, that’s extortion. ... Return a verdict for all the women of America.”
NOW brought suit against Operation Rescue, the Pro-Action League, the league’s executive director Joseph Scheidler, and activists Andrew Scholber and Timothy Murphy. NOW lawyers claim that these anti-abortionists hindered interstate commerce by trying to shut down the clinics in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Clinics that joined NOW in the suit are seeking compensation for damage done to their clinics during anti-abortion demonstrations. Damages could be as much as $1 million.
Operation Rescue California executive director Jeff White testified earlier this week. White said that he did not see a woman assaulted during a Los Angeles clinic protest and did not witness protesters at a Wichita, Kansas clinic surround a car that carried an abortion patient. The anonymous patient testified that protesters surrounded her vehicle on three different occasions, screaming “baby killer” and “murderer” and preventing her from parking in the clinic lot.
Feminist News Stories on Clinic Violence
Media Resources: AP, Nando.net - April 14/16, 1998
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .