Monday, July 17, 2006

5 abortion opponents arrested outside Jackson church

JACKSON, Miss. - Five abortion opponents were arrested on Sunday after holding a demonstration outside an Episcopalian church here. Operation Save America, formerly Operation Rescue, scheduled a rally at the state Captiol on Monday. The organization is sponsoring a series of protests through the week. No injuries were reported in Sunday's incident. Those arrested faced charges of obstructing traffic, protesting in a residential neighborhood without a permit and disorderly conduct, police said. They face an Aug. 1 court appearance, officials said. Operation Save America hopes the protests will lead to the closing of Mississippi's only abortion clinic - the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Jackson. Mississippi Reproduction Freedom Coalition plans counter-demonstrations in the capital city during the week.

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