August 30, 1991 |
Three Operation Rescue leaders were freed after they agreed to leave Wichita and not return as the militant anti-abortion group ended six weeks of demonstrations, authorities said. U.S. Circuit Judge Patrick F. Kelly released Keith Tucci of Charleston, S.C., the national anti-abortion group's executive director; the Rev. Joe Slovenec of Cleveland; and the Rev. Pat Mahoney of Boca Raton, Fla. Kelly jailed the leaders on Aug.
July 31, 1991 |
Anti-abortion demonstrators, moving on all fours, blocked the entrance to a women's clinic after shoving a police line against a clinic fence Tuesday, prompting another 177 arrests in the two-week protest. Police officers have made nearly 1,400 arrests at area abortion clinics since July 22. Many demonstrators have been arrested more than once, police say.
April 25, 1992 |
Police on Friday arrested 71 anti-abortion demonstrators who blocked a gate to a women's clinic, while other protesters clashed with abortion-rights supporters. In suburban Amherst, two abortion opponents were arrested for refusing to leave a church where women seeking abortions were gathering before being escorted to a clinic across the street. The two were charged with trespassing and released on bail.
July 10, 1992 |
Shouting and shoving matches among abortion rights activists and opponents outside a clinic led to at least 12 arrests Thursday. One man was arrested after he scrambled atop a police car and tried to dive over a perimeter fence. Two women got into a fight and both were arrested. Another woman who was not arrested threw herself three times at a chain of clinic defenders, bouncing off each time. She picked herself up, dusted off her clothes, grinned and said, "I was just trying to get through."
May 10, 1994 |
A women's clinic was awarded $1.01 million in punitive damages Monday from two anti-abortion groups that staged confrontational protests during the 1992 Republican National Convention. Operation Rescue was ordered to pay $350,000 to Planned Parenthood of Southeast Texas. Rescue America was ordered to pay $355,000, and leaders Don Treshman and the Rev. Keith Tucci were ordered to pay $155,000 and $150,000, respectively.
August 22, 1991 |
A federal judge sent three abortion protest leaders to jail indefinitely and levied escalating fines starting at $10,000 against each of them Wednesday as part of an effort to end Operation Rescue's six-week-old demonstrations at Wichita abortion clinics. U.S. District Judge Patrick F. Kelly ordered the Rev. Pat Mahoney, of Boca Raton, Fla., Keith Tucci of Charleston, S.C., and Joe Slovenec of Cleveland, to be held in the custody of U.S.