Hearing set in Kan. abortion clinic threat case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge next week will consider whether to dismiss the case against a pastor accused of stalking the woman who opened Wichita’s first abortion clinic since Dr. George Tiller was murdered.

Julie Burkhart, executive director of Trust Women, currently has a temporary stalking order against Mark Holick. She is seeking to make it permanent.

Sedgwick County Judge James Beasley on Tuesday will consider her motion and a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Holick is accused of picketing Burkhart’s home and handing out “wanted-style” fliers listing Burkhart’s address. He also allegedly used a bullhorn and pointed a sign at her house that read, “Where’s your church?”

Holick contends the protest activities are protected by the First Amendment.

Tiller was gunned down in 2009 at his church.

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