Dr. Mila Means is a family practitioner in Wichita, Kansas, and the physician caught up in the recent "public nuisance" case in Kansas, in which she was barred from providing abortion services to her patients because the protestors outside her office building were creating a "public nuisance." For more on the case, you can check out this article from MotherJones.com:
Since May 2009, after Dr. George Tiller was shot and killed in his church by a radical pro-life activist, there have been no abortion care providers in Wichita. In the interest of the health and well-being of her patients who are in need of or seeking such services--and who have been unable to access these legal, constitutionally protected services--Dr. Means decided to change that. So last year she began training with the Kansas City-based group Aid for Women to provide these legally protected services safely for her patients.
She is now trying to find a new location for her offices, where she will be able safely provide these services (and provide enough security) for her patients. Her efforts so far have been stalled by this law suit and threats against her practice and her safety by groups like Kansas Coalition for Life and Operation Rescue. But she is not quitting. She is continuing her training and preparations to make sure she can provide the highest level of care she can for her patients. Unfortunately, the publicity of the lawsuit and continuing threats from groups that oppose her, she is facing enormous difficulty in finding a new location. As she discussed on a recent episode of the "Rachel Maddow Show," some landlords are refusing to even allow her to view properties that have been vacant and on the market for 2 or 3 years.
But again, she is not quitting. And I want her to know that we appreciate her determination and courage. And that we will stand with her.
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