Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A federal judge denied an injunction keeping an abortion protester away from a Wichita doctor who plans on doing abortions.
Dr. Mila Means plans on performing abortions testified in federal court today, saying she felt threatened by a letter.
Means told a judge she received a letter in January from Angel Dillard. Means began training to perform abortions in Wichita after abortion doctor George Tiller was murdered in May 2009.
In the letter, Dillard writes, "Thousands of people are already looking into your background, not just in Wichita, but from all over the U.S. They will know your habits and routines. They knew where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car everyday-because maybe today is the day someone place an explosive under it."
After Means received the letter at her east Wichita family physician office, she says she started parking her car where she could see it at all times, she placed door alarms on her vehicle, and she says she is not comfortable staying at home.
Prosecutors are trying to get a temporary injunction in place to keep Dillard from contacting Means and to keep her at least 250 feet away from the doctor.
Defense attorneys claim the letter must show that Dillard herself is a threat. He says there is no intent of violence in the letter from Dillard herself.
The judge said while the letter is concerning, he doesn't see it as a direct threat. The defense is now asking for the case to be dismissed.