Two months after an anti-abortion rally and counterdemonstration drew more than 5,000 people to Kansas University, members of a student anti-abortion group are coming to Lawrence to organize another protest.
Collegians Activated to Liberate Life (CALL), a Madison, Wis., based anti-abortion group, sent a faxed message to the Journal-World on Saturday saying it planned to be in Lawrence today through Tuesday to lay the groundwork for the event.
Patricia Trausch, president of KU Students for Life, said she had talked to CALL leaders in May and learned that they wanted to mount a protest at the residence and office of Dr. Dale Clinton, who practices at 15 E. Seventh, and on city streets.
It was unclear Saturday night how large the protest might be. Lorraine Jamieson, CALL director of communications, said organizers had not set a goal for participation in the second annual "CALL Weekend," which is scheduled Oct. 16 through Oct. 18.
"We're not expecting thousands, but it'd be wonderful if we could get them," she said.
The protest would be the first pro-life rally in Lawrence since July, when the Lawrence and state Kansans for Life held a pro-life rally at Memorial Stadium. A counterdemonstration was held south of the stadium on Campanile Hill.
LYNNE GREEN, co-president of the Lawrence National Organization for Women and an organizer of the counterdemonstration, said Saturday that she had heard nothing about the protest.
Green said she planned to meet with a core group of the local NOW chapter "and discuss what type of action we might take in response."
Clinton on Saturday had no comment on the release or CALL's plans to picket his office and residence.
Trausch described CALL as a student networking system. According to a newspaper story the group included in its release, CALL practices civil disobedience to strengthen the pro-life movement. The group is not a part of Operation Rescue, though its members participate in Operation Rescue's activities, such as the 1991 "Summer of Mercy" protests in Wichita.
SATURDAY NIGHT, it was unclear why CALL chose Lawrence for the protest. Trausch was unsure, and Jamieson referred the question to another CALL organizer, who could not be reached for comment.
Trausch and Jamieson said the first CALL Weekend was held in October 1991 in Madison and drew 120 to 150 people.
Today through Tuesday, Trausch said, CALL organizers will hold prearranged meetings with campus and community anti-abortion leaders.