Operation Rescue claims to be in possession of the records of at least 86 women and girls who were treated in April of this year at an abortion clinic and they plan to turn the records over to the state–after redacting patients’ names and other identifying information and most likely keeping that information for itself of course.
Based in Wichita, Operation Rescue posted what it claims were images of the redacted records on its website and YouTube. They claim the records include patient ages, gestation ages and photocopies of driver’s licenses as well as dates and costs for abortions performed at the clinics.
The clinic said that a locked trash bin on its property was broken into last week but that the bin didn’t contain patient records.
Attorney Cheryl Pilate, who represents the clinic, said a report was filed with Kansas City, Kansas, police and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Pilate said the clinic also has surveillance tapes of the break-in and will seek criminal prosecution.
Holding the identities of women who had abortions serves absolutely no purpose but to terrorize and punish those women who needed the procedure and to terrorize and intimidate those who will in the future.
And isn’t amazing that once again Operation Rescue finds itself thisclose to a criminal act of domestic terrorism targeting women and abortion providers in the state of Kansas. The Department of Justice needs to come to Kansas, and it needs to stay.
Photo from tedeytan via flickr.