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Chemical Attack on Pro-lifers at Abortion Clinic Sickens Two

Video tells of one woman who was hospitalized for four hours with vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the face and eyes.

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org


WICHITA, Kans., Nov. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- Two pro-life volunteers participating in a round the clock prayer vigil were sickened last week, after being exposed to fumes from an oily substance that had been spilled across the driveway at George Tiller's late-term abortion clinic, Women's Health Care Services in Wichita.


One of the pro-lifers, Jennifer McCoy, was treated for four hours at a local hospital emergency room suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and swelling of the face and eyes.
Another woman, Brandi Lozier, was with McCoy praying outside the abortion clinic in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 2, 2008, as part of the 40 Days For Life event. She suffered similar symptoms, but was not hospitalized.

After numerous tests, doctors told McCoy that her symptoms were the result of exposure to a foreign substance, and were not related to any viral or bacterial infection.
Hazmat was called to the abortion clinic and treated the area with a kitty-litter type of substance in order to absorb the noxious oily spill.

After being released from the hospital, McCoy filed a complaint with the Wichita Police Department, but, a week and a half later, arrest and prosecution of the unknown perpetrator seems unlikely.

"We suspect that this chemical attack may have been in retribution for Jennifer's help in documenting a botched abortion at Tiller's clinic a few weeks ago," said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.

McCoy had interviewed Patient S. from her hospital bed after she nearly died from a botched abortion at Women's Health Care Services. McCoy also helped Patient S. get additional medical treatment for her abortion complications after it became obvious that neither Tiller nor the hospital where she had been taken by Tiller properly treated her.
This was not the first of such attacks on pro-lifers who minister outside Tiller's abortion mill. In September, 2007, Tiller's security guard, John Rayburn, was photographed with a "stink bomb" that also sickened those on the scene. Prosecutors refused to file charges, and efforts to hold Tiller accountable in small claims court failed.

"We know whoever is responsible for endangering the health of these innocent women will only continue to be emboldened by a lack of prosecution," said Sullenger. "The only way to stop these cowardly attacks on pro-lifers is to catch the perpetrators and put them in jail."

About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation.  Operation Rescue recently made headlines when it bought and closed an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas and has become the voice of the pro-life activist movement in America.  Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to restore legal personhood to the pre-born and stop abortion in obedience to biblical mandates.