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January-20-98

Sheriff Aids Anti-Abortion Protesters, Condemns Doctor

Lee County Sheriff John McDougall of Florida denied assistance to an abortion doctor whose clinics were being ambushed by protesters, stating instead that he would “assist the protesters.” Dr. Ali Azima had sent a letter to McDougall concerning a prayer vigil and other incidents that were being held outside his clinics. McDougall responded that he would uphold his duty to protect all citizens, “even a baby killer like yourself,” and went on to add that his office would “do everything within our power to assist the protesters who wish to protect the misguided mothers who come to your clinic of death.”

Two Florida doctors and a clinic escort were murdered by anti-abortion extremists in 1993 and 1994.

Feminist News Stories on Clinic Violence

Media Resources: AP - January 19, 1998


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