WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Justice Department joined Operation Rescue yesterday in opposing a federal judge's order that abortion protesters stop blocking access to two Wichita clinics.
Operation Rescue leaders said it proved that the government sided with their view.
But U.S. Attorney Lee Thompson, who filed a motion on behalf of the U.S. government, said, "The filing by the United States takes no position on the activities of [Operation Rescue] but reiterates the government's view that the matters in litigation should be addressed in state court."
U.S. District Judge Patrick Kelly said, "I have to believe that this decision is political."
Judge Kelly's preliminary injunction Monday barred protesters from blocking the clinic entrances. He ordered U.S. marshals to keep access open and later rejected an Operation Rescue motion to stay the injunction.