WICHITA, Kan. -- A federal judge has ordered three leaders of a militant anti-abortion group jailed indefinitely as dozens of abortion opponents tried to block the gates of a clinic during the sixth straight week of protests and mass arrests in this city on the Kansas prairie.
The leaders were jailed yesterday for failing to sign a $100,000 peace bond Aug. 6. A peace bond is sometimes imposed when a group's activities could lead to disorder or property damage.
Yesterday, 75 protesters were taken to jail, pushing the number of arrests above 2,500 since the demonstrations began July 15.
Judge Patrick F. Kelly, acting in the civil lawsuit filed by the clinics, had issued an order against blocking access to the clinics, but the protesters have repeatedly defied him and his order.