Oklahoma Abortion Center Director Charged With Lying About Bomb Threat
by Steven Ertelt
September 6, 2010
Tulsa, OK (LifeNews.com) — The former director of the Reproductive Services abortion center in Tulsa, Oklahoma has been charged with making false or misleading statements after telling police she supposedly found a bomb at the abortion center. Linda Meek reported on August 13 a bomb had been placed in a trash receptacle.
Documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Tulsa determined that a "suspicious" box found in the trash was harmless.
Tulsa Police Officer Leland Ashley told the Tulsa World, "She told us that the box in the trash can didn’t look like trash the clinic usually throws away in that trash can," but would not confirm reports that Meek told officials she heard the package "ticking."
Meek left her position with the abortion business after the false report and she is slated to make an appearance in federal court on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. She faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
AP interviewed pro-life advocates who said they believe Meek was trying to make it appear they were responsible in order to get the pro-life side bad press in the media and have authorities focus on them.
Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican state legislator, said the bomb scare is part of what he considers a growing trend of abortion advocates trying to make pro-life people appear violent or extremist.
"Either she did it maliciously to harm the opposition or is trying to draw attention away from the abortion industry," the doctor and legislator said.
Tony Lauinger, chairman of Oklahomans for Life and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee, said he thought "there was an apparent rush to judgment" on the part of Meek and abortion advocates, according to his interview with AP.
Planned Parenthood of Oklahoma City chief executive Anita Fream said she couldn’t comment on the bomb scare but denied any policy attempting to ridicule pro-life people.
Reproductive Services has frequently taken state laws to limit abortions to court in an attempt to have them overturned.
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