Kansas has long been a hotbed of anti-choice protests stoked by a hard-right political climate and conservative religious views. But the prairie state is now home-base for the most radical elements of the movement.
Bart Stupak, now complaining about threats and harassment for his position on health reform, voted against the landmark 1994 Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) that protects providers against harassment.
On Ash Wednesday, anti-choicers kicked off the “40 Days for Life” protests, so believers can avoid focusing either on their own sin and or their own mortality by demanding others give life against their will.
Staff at a clinic in Charlotte, N.C., under attack from anti-choice “terrorists” work in conditions most would find unendurable. Why? They say: “We believe in what we do. And some of us came to work here after being patients here ourselves.”
The Wichita Eagle reports today that Eric Rucker, former top assistant to Kansas State Attorney General Phil Kline, faces a formal ethics complaint that he made misleading comments before the Kansas Supreme Court in attempts to prosecute Dr. George Tiller for violations of Kansas law for which Tiller was repeatedly found innocent.
Roeder’s lawyer says so-called necessity defense is a fiction of the imagination of extremist anti-choice groups.
Shortly after Dr. George Tiller was murdered on May 31 and his Wichita clinic subsequently closed, other providers bravely stepped into the breach. Among them is Dr. LeRoy Carhart, now targeted by anti-choice forces in an eerily similar campaign.
The description of a “prolife” bible offered for auction on eBay by a group seeking to fund a “justifiable homicide” defense for Scott Roeder uses the bible as a rationale for justifying killing providers.
eBay auction to support Roeder’s defense on grounds of “justifiable homicide” proceeds despite earlier promise to nix it.
The LA Times reports this morning that eBay said Tuesday it would block the auction planned by anti-choice groups to raise money for Scott Roeder, the accused assassin of Kansas Dr. George Tiller. Roeder, charged with first-degree murder and being held without bond, is scheduled to go to trial in January.