Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Angel Dillard says letter to Wichita abortion provider was 'divinely inspired'

Posted by on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Anti-abortion advocate Angel Dillard had God guiding her pen hand.
  • Anti-abortion advocate Angel Dillard had God guiding her pen hand.
It was God who told Angel Dillard to pen a threatening letter to Mila Means last year while the Wichita doctor was training to perform abortions. The Associated Press reports that Dillard is claiming that the threatening letter she is accused of sending was "divinely inspired," and thus, it should be protected under First Amendment rights to freedoms of religion and speech.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed suit against the Valley Center woman to bar her from contacting Means or coming within 250 feet of person, car or business. The government has also asked for $5,000 in damages for Means and a civil penalty of $15,000.

A federal judge refused to grant an injunction last April barring Dillard from contact with Means. Last year, Dillard told the court that she didn't mean the letter as a "true threat." The letter in question was sent last January and reads as follows:

"Thousands of people are already looking into your background, not just in Wichita, but from all over the U.S. They will know your habits and routines. They will know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car everyday-because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."

Means was featured in a New York Times profile last July, in which she admitted she took the threat seriously but couldn't let it be a deterrent to her work. No abortions have been performed in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller was murdered by Scott Roeder in May 2009.
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