BUFFALO, N.Y. — Activists on both sides of the abortion issue noisily clashed on the steps of a federal courthouse Sunday, the first day of a weeklong campaign by abortion foes.
Speaking over the shouts of abortion rights advocates, Operation Rescue National Director Flip Benham restated plans to use Operation Save America to spread their message at clinics, schools and bookstores in the Buffalo area throughout the week. Protesters will denounce abortion, child pornography and teen sex.
Local and national organizers have sent out 60,000 invitations, and Operation Rescue has encouraged people to "storm the gates of hell" in Buffalo from April 18 to 25.
Whether followers would obey a court order to remain 15 to 60 feet from specified doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals remained uncertain.