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Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Extremist to Remove Threats to Clinic Staff from Website

A federal judge last week ordered anti-abortion extremist John Dunkle to remove message from his website that threatened clinic physicians and staff. The injunction also bans Dunkle from posting similar threatening messages. The judge, US District Court Judge Thomas Golden, also ruled that the government would monitor Dunkle’s website to prevent any more threatening messages from going up.

Federal prosecutors filed the complaint against Dunkle in August. They argued that the threatening postings on his website and blog violated the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Dunkle had posted the picture and address of a former clinician for the Philadelphia Women’s Health Center, with the statement “while it does not sound good to say go shoot her between the eyes, it sounds even worse to say let her alone,” reports the Associated Press.

Allentown Women’s Center executive director Jennifer Boulanger said that the judge’s ruling was “wonderful” and that it would improve safety for abortion providers, clinic staff and patients, reports the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report.

Sources:

Daily Women�s Health Policy Report 11/12/07; Associated Press 11/9/07

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