Anti-Abortion Extremist Must Stay 50 Feet from Mississippi Clinic

A judge sentenced anti-abortion extremist Roy McMillan to stay at least 50 feet away from Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Two weeks ago, McMillan admitted to breaking a federal consent decree he had signed in 1996 that required him to stay 25 feet away from the clinic.

Dr. Joseph Booker, the abortion provider at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed a federal complaint and testified in court that he feared for his life. According to the Clarion Ledger, Dr. Booker’s complaint stated that McMillan threatened him by making comments such as “Your days are numbered, Booker.”

Dr. Booker testified, saying that McMillan “has become more blatant in his actions, and his body mannerisms are just chilling to me. I’ve started wearing a bulletproof vest.”

However, Judge Henry Wingate ruled that there was no indication that McMillan had threatened Dr. Booker.

The Clarion Ledger reports that McMillan said he would be outside the clinic after his April 5 sentencing.

Visit the National Clinic Access Project to learn more about stopping anti-abortion extremism.


Clarion Ledger 04/05/08, 03/21/08; Feminist Newswire 03/25/08

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