A local doctor trying to bring abortion services back to Wichita made her first public appearance tonight in Wichita. Dr. Mila Means has already been denied access to lease or purchase two properties in Wichita.
Means says she is determined to succeed in providing women's health services that she says are not available in Wichita in anymore. But it certainly appears that she has an uphill battle.
"We're more determined, number one," said one supporter who showed up to speak out against Means appearance Friday. "Number two, women don't need that service. It's not a service, it's a murder."
Amid high security, police officers stood guard around College Hill United Methodist Church to ensure the safety of everyone.
"This congregation here would probably be the one to want to save babies," said another peaceful protester, "because I'm thinking they might want to actually adopt babies. If they provide her with the funds, she'll kill them before they can adopt them."
Dr. Means claims she only wants to bring back a legal service that is no longer available since the killing of Dr. George Tiller just over two years ago. The only thing stopping her, she says, is money.
"Are the people of Kansas willing to come forth with enough funds to get a building going?" Means asks. "I will absolutely be there if people want to have abortion services returned to our community."
Means says she has already bought and paid for the equipment, but the facility where she was training has been shut down. She also says she's not in it for the money.
"Through the year after the assassination, I had so many of my own patients who were very torn about where they could go or what they could do," Means said. "It just seems ridiculous not to have their constitutional rights available."
But the protesters outside the church said they will do whatever they can to prevent Means from completing her plans.
"I think it's important that we keep her from opening up shop in Wichita. We're going to do it peacefully. We're going to do it within the law."