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Monday, June 27, 2011

Abortion violence discussed in Wichita


Last Friday the local National Organization for Women held a forum to deal with abortion clinic violence, “Terrorism: A Conversation with Stephen Singular” at College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. First St., Wichita, KS. That is the same church that Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in.
During the event NOW released this statement;
“Wichita and abortion have a long and tumultuous history. The city epitomizes the climate of intolerance against this legal and necessary medical procedure. Wichita was once a town with five abortion clinics. A hostile political climate combined with organized terrorist activity, which ultimately culminated with the murder of Dr. George Tiller has successfully eliminated abortion in the city....for the time being.
We stand ready and waiting for our next physician and abortion rights champion Dr. Mila Means to open her clinic and offer the abortion access that this city needs. Meanwhile, the election of a new clan of anti-abortion zealots passing more restrictive laws, combined with the threats of violence against our new doctor leaves our community's fate in the balance.”

Included in the discussion were Dr. Mila Means, Attorney Lee Thompson and Stephen Singular, the author of "The Wichita Divide: The Murder of Dr. George Tiller and the Battle over Abortion.”
Dr. Means plans to open a clinic here in Wichita and appealed to the audience to help with financing. She added that Wichita needed a safe place for abortion to be offered.
Also discussed were the new bills, the Kansas legislature just passed, trying to close abortion clinics, which have been operating in Kansas City.
“We used Dr. Tiller's old security team. They kept known anti's out. Saw one woman who is known at one point, the next time I looked up..she was gone and a police man was standing where she had been. The very last question of the Q & A was from a young man and the nature of his question makes me believe he was with the anti's, but Dr. Means deflected it and then the event was over,” said Kari Ann Rinker, an organizer of the event.
There weren’t many protesters outside, maybe 15, according to The Wichita Eagle.
According to the Maggot Punk facebooksite, self-proclaimed pastor Mark Holick organized a group of fellow hate mongers to protest at the church. Holick tried to claim that the church was keeping Christians out.He was exaggerating of course, meaning he felt there could be no “pro-choice” Christians.


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