SPOKANE, Wash. — A judge found four abortion protesters--two state lawmakers, an obstetrician and an evangelist--in contempt Thursday for violating his order against picketing in front of a medical building, and he ordered them to jail today.
Superior Court Judge Willard Zellmer ruled that state Reps. Richard Van Dyke and Steven Fuhrman, along with Spokane obstetrician Alfred Derby and the Rev. Daniel Scalf of Seattle, were in contempt when they carried their protest to the front of a nine-story medical building that houses several offices where abortions are performed.
Zellmer had issued an order in March, limiting protests to a less-traveled side of the Sixth Avenue Medical Building. The injunction was obtained by the building's owners and several doctors after employees and patients complained of harassment.
Two women have already spent 10 days in jail for violating Zellmer's order. A third was arrested and released after posting $5,000 bond.