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Violence against abortion increases in US clinics

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 13 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:429
  1. J Roberts

    Performing abortions in the US is becoming more dangerous. On 29 July a doctor was shot dead, along with his security escort, outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida. It was the second murder of a doctor who performed abortions in that city in 17 months.

    Police reports said that the doctor, Dr John B Britton, aged 69, arrived by plane in Pensacola on the morning of the shooting. He was met by James and June Barrett, elderly volunteer escorts who accompany doctors through the lines of protesters outside the abortion clinic. As they drove up to the Pensacola Ladies Center, Paul J Hill, a former Presbyterian minister who protests against abortion, walked up to their truck and …

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