What should a family practice doctor determined to run a clinic all by herself, and struggling financially, do? Dr Mila Means from Wichita, Kansas, concluded that offering abortions was the obvious answer. The nearest abortion provider was three hours away and there was certainly a need for one closer by. The choice to offer abortions in Wichita was might have been obvious, but it was far from simple. This is the town where pro-lifers demonstrate in front of clinics, and the last abortion doctor was shot to death.
Dr George Tiller was murdered two years back, because he provided late-term abortions. I'm more pro-choice than pro-life myself, although I am against banning abortions, but I have to ask how killing a grown man is any less of a crime than killing an unborn child, in the eyes of these people? Dr Mila Means become Tiller's successor, and tried to open an abortion clinic in Wichita. The immediate price was a note she received that warned her to check her car every morning... "because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."
Dr Means well have been scared by that note, and if you look at the previous events in Wichita, that would certainly not have been without justification. But instead of running and hiding, she got a bright yellow car, a Mini Cooper, decorated with lightening bolts! Means' comment? It's partly an in-your-face response. "You're looking for me. I'm here." But Dr Means, who grew up in the area, has not succeeded in opening her abortion clinic yet. And pro-life activist Troy Newman (a man, of course!) said that he was committed to preventing it from every happening. "We will ensure that this community remains abortion free", he said.
Dr Mila Means would only perform abortions during early pregnancy, and is actually a regular church attendant. Her choice to try and open an abortion clinic was a very brave one, whatever side of the fence you are on. You may also like to read Russia to have health warnings on abortion ads.