Dr. Mila Means, right, at a rally with Kari Ann Rinker of the National Organization for Women.
July 9, 2011
Wichita Doctor Takes Up Fight for Abortions
By A. G. SULZBERGER
WICHITA, Kan. — Not long ago, Dr. Mila Means, the physician trying to open an abortion clinic in this city, received a letter advising her to check under her car each morning — “because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it,” the note said.
There was reason for concern: the last doctor to provide abortions here was shot to death because of his work. But rather than lower her profile, Dr. Means raised it by buying a car that nobody could miss: a bright-yellow Mini Cooper, emblazoned, appropriately enough, with lightning bolts.
“It’s partly an in-your-face response,” she explained. “You’re looking for me. I’m here.”
Two years have passed since this city, for decades the volatile epicenter of the national fight over abortion, was shaken by the murder of Dr. George R. Tiller — a controversial figure because of his willingness to perform later-term abortions — by a man who said he wanted to stop the killing of babies.
(more at link)
What makes it more special? We’re not being made fun of!
If you spend a couple of days exploring Wichita, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll run into the Berlin Wall.
As I prepared for a short stay there, I learned that at least two substantial slabs of the Cold War relic are prominently displayed in and near the city.
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I heard Thomas Frank tonight at the Watermark Book Store. I saw Mr. Controversy and Capn America at the event – nobody else I recognized.
Frank’s message was almost as moving as last year’s. In some ways more so.
He seems to want to forgive Obama for not doing more. I am not so sure about that approach. His attacks on the far right were more pointed and sincere that ever before.
Frank’s father was there at the meeting. When asked questions about his father’s political persuasion, Frank dodged those questions.
Wish more of you could have been there.
It is interesting that Scott Roeder is saying that Operation Rescue took over $1,000 in donations from him. Newman is denying finding Scott in their data-base.
I wonder if Troy Newman (pictured) will decide that now might be a good time for him to get out of Wichita. What purpose does the scum have here now that Tiller is deceased? Please join me in inviting Mr. Newman to leave Doodah, ASAP. And, Troy, don’t let the door hit you in the ass as you go…