It wasn’t too surprising that a federal judge ruled last week that a letter sent to a Wichita doctor by anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard of Valley Center didn’t constitute a “true threat.” Though the letter said that physician Mila Means would be checking under her car for explosives if she opened an abortion clinic in Wichita, it was worded in such a way that it could be seen as a warning rather than a personal threat of violence. But the letter seemed clearly aimed at intimidating Means. Similarly, anti-abortion groups have harassed landlords about not leasing office space to Means. Meanwhile, the Kansas Legislature approved and Gov. Sam Brownback signed a new state law that restrict abortions based on the scientifically disputed concept of fetal pain and that eliminates the mental health exception for late-term abortions — in direct contradiction to previous Kansas Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court rulings. And now pro-life groups are pushing lawmakers to revive a bill that would prevent private companies from offering abortion coverage as part of their private health care plans.
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