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Feds seek injunction on Kansas anti-abortion activist

April 20, 2011

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— U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a Kansas woman crossed the line and left her First Amendment protections behind when she sent a threatening letter to a doctor who plans to perform abortions in Wichita.

Grissom's argument came during a federal court hearing Wednesday on the government's request for a preliminary injunction against anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard, of Valley Center. Prosecutors want an order keeping Dillard away from Dr. Mila Means, her clinic and her home.

Defense attorney Donald McKinney argued the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act has never extended to a doctor at a facility not currently offering abortions. He also said the letter was not a threat by Dillard but a warning about other abortion opponents.

Means testified she felt threatened by the letter and took steps to protect her safety.

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