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May-27-11

WI Man Arrested for Attempted Murder of Abortion Providers

On Wednesday night, Ralph Lang was arrested in his hotel room for plotting to kill doctors and medical personnel at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood clinic. Hotel staff notified the police after Lang expressed his concern that someone might have been injured after he accidentally fired his gun in his room. When questioned about the gun, Lang indicated that he had traveled over 100 miles to Wisconsin in order to shoot the abortion doctor at the local Planned Parenthood "right in the head."

Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, remarked "It's clearly shocking anytime you hear anything like this. It's outrageous that abortion providers constantly have to live with harassment and threats of violence, and when one hits so close to home, I think it's quite shocking."

Investigators discovered anti-abortion documents, 35 bullets, and a 38-caliber handgun in Lang's hotel room. Lang has been charged with planning to injure, intimidate, and interfere with persons providing abortion services and is slated to appear in US District Court today. In 2007, Lang was arrested and received a citation for disorderly conduct for standing outside of a Madison Planned Parenthood and announcing that everyone inside should be executed.

The Feminist Majority Foundation conducts the National Clinic Access Project (NCAP), which is the oldest and largest national clinic defense project in the nation. NCAP's team of experts has been working diligently to stop anti-abortion extremists' attacks against abortion providers who work to save women's lives and health.

Media Resources: Madison.com 5/27/11; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 5/26/11; Huffington Post 5/27/11