Wichita, KAN. -- The Southwind Women's Center opened last year, four years after the doctor who ran the former clinic in east Wichita was murdered. Besides the one clinic here there are three others in the Kansas City area.
Now on the anniversary of Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Operation Rescue is marking the date with a memorial service Wednesday night at its headquarters. The headquarters is in a building that itself was once an abortion clinic.
Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger said the group also has a new strategy that she says should close three out of the state's four clinics.
While she wouldn't divulge that strategy before the meeting she did say the signs are encouraging. "Last year 87 abortion clinics throughout the U.S. closed down", said Sullenger. "It was a record number. We're seeing increased legislation, pro life legislation in statehouses all across America."
In contrast to those views Wichita NOW President Liz Carson said a woman has a legal right to an abortion and her life is put in jeopardy without clinics. "Then the alternative is the back alley abortion and home remedies and the kind of procedures that can be really dangerous for women," said Carson.