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Director of Dr. Tiller’s Former Abortion Clinic Faces Death Threats

HeadlineApr 12, 2013

In Wichita, Kansas, the director of a new abortion clinic formerly operated by slain doctor George Tiller is continuing to face death threats and harassment from anti-choice extremists. South Wind Women’s Center, which opened last Wednesday, is operated by Julie Burkhart, who worked with Tiller for seven years. Burkhart filed a temporary stalking order against a local extremist who showed up at her home with a sign reading “Where’s Your Church?” — an apparent reference to Tiller, who was gunned down in his church on May 31, 2009. An anti-choice leader has now posted audio from a jailhouse conversation with Tiller’s murderer, Scott Roeder, where Roeder refers to the clinic director as “Julie Darkheart” and says she is “kind of painting a target on her[self].”

Scott Roeder: “To walk in there and reopen a clinic, a murder mill, where — where a man was stopped, you know, it’s almost like putting a target on your back, saying, 'Well, let's see if you can shoot me,’ you know? But, you know, I have to go back to what Mike — Pastor Mike Bray said: If 100 abortionists were shot, they would probably go out of business. So I think eight have been shot, so we’ve got 92 to go. And maybe she’ll be — maybe she’ll be number nine.”

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