In December, Aid for Women announced that it was training Dr. Mila Means on abortion procedures so she could finally bring those services back to Wichita this year. Since Dr. George Tiller was murdered in 2009, the largest city in Kansas has been without abortion services.
Now, after a lawsuit was filed to keep her from practicing, Means says she won't be providing abortions after all.
The suit, filed earlier this month by Foliage Development Inc., owner of the business park where Means wanted to rent space, claims that a clinic would create a public
nuisance. Protesters had already begun picketing outside the building, and three park tenants allegedly threatened to leave the property if the protests continued. Foliage Development got a temporary order to keep Means from opening at all.
According to court records released Monday, Means said she wouldn't perform any abortions at the site and that if she changed her mind, she'd give Foliage Development 30-days' notice so there could be a hearing on the temporary injunction. A hearing on that was originally set for this morning, but Means' promise made it unnecessary.
She adds that she's looking for another place to open an abortion clinic. So Wichita may get a clinic back someday, just not in a Foliage Development property.
Pro-life activist Troy Newman, who organized protests at the site with his group Operation Rescue, promised to keep picketing anywhere Means did abortions, in the hopes that businesses around her would threaten the landlord with leaving. He called Means' relenting "a victory for the movement."