Women’s Clinic Owner Sues CompuServe, TML

Patricia Baird, owner of the Aware Woman Center for Choice clinic in Melbourne, FL, has filed a federal lawsuit against CompuServe and TML Information Services for providing anti-abortion activists with the names and addresses of clinic patients.

Anti-abortion activists spy on the clinic daily and record the license plate numbers of cars parked in the clinic lot, later using that information look up the names and addresses of patients. CompuServe and TML purchased the names and addresses from state motor vehicles and then provided it to their customers. CompuServe has since stopped offering this information.

Aware Woman Center for Choice clinic visitors allege that they have been followed, harassed, and subjected to unwanted letters and other communications from anti-abortion activists.

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and demands that a particular group of anti-choice activists, led by lead defendant Meredith Raney, stop hounding her business. Raney and her allies daily hound the clinic from a house located across the street.


AP - January 6, 1999

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