Man Attacks, Threatens to Shoot, Pro-Life Activist Outside Abortion Clinic in Wichita, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas – An angry man jumped out of his vehicle and threatened to shoot pro-life activist Mark Gietzen, who had offered to help him as he left a woman for an abortion at the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic, located inside a building where George Tiller once operated in Wichita, Kansas.

Gietzen, Director of the Kansas Coalition for Life, was setting up a pro-life display early on Thursday, November 21, when the man drove into the abortion clinic parking lot and dropped off a woman. As he left, Gietzen offered him pro-life literature and urged the man to go back and bring the mother of his baby out of the clinic.

As the man lunged at Gietzen, a clinic security guard, who happened to be nearby, intervened. According to Gietzen, the security guard “attacked [the man] from behind, locking both of his arms around the young man’s arms and torso, and lifted him off the ground in a full-body hug.”

Gietzen called the police but the man had already fled by the time they arrived. As the police were taking Gietzen’s statement, the man returned and was detained by police. It is unknown at this time if the man was actually charged. Wichita Police Officer G. R. Morris issued Gietzen a case number: 13C77676.

In the confusion of the attack, Gietzen was unsure if the man really had a gun, but was glad he never got the chance to find out.

“This incident shows the hazards that pro-life activists face every day at abortion clinics and dramatically illustrates why this abortion clinic has no business operating in a residential neighborhood,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “We urge the city council to protect the citizens of Wichita, and rezone the area so that the dangers associated with this abortion clinic are removed from a residential area.”

Pro-life groups, including Geitzen’s KCFL, Operation Rescue and others, urged the Wichita City Council earlier this year to rezone the abortion clinic property in order to protect those living in the residential neighborhood. The council refused to act.

“Abortion clinics are undesirable businesses for a number of reasons. I have personally seen drug deals in abortion clinic parking lots, incidents of domestic violence, abandoned children left in cars while mom aborts their sibling, and other dangerous acts,” said Sullenger. “The fact that someone could very well have killed Mr. Gietzen yesterday at that abortion clinic is a frightening reminder of the dangers an abortion clinic brings to a community. It is irresponsible for this abortion clinic to be allowed to continue in a residential neighborhood, placing families at risk of stray violence perpetrated by abortion supporters and customers.”

Operation Rescue plans to continue to pressure the City Council to rezone the abortion facility property.

In addition, Operation Rescue is pursuing disciplinary action with the Federal Election Commission against South Wind owner Julie Burkhart, who Operation Rescue discovered was improperly using funds from a political action committee to run her for-profit abortion clinic. Burkhart later described the illegal expenditure as a “loan,” which itself was illegal according to FEC regulations. The case is open and progressing, according to a letter from the FEC received by Sullenger earlier this week.

  • Rev Donald

    I have come to believe we should pursue charges against those who harass or threaten us at babykilling abortion mills.

  • Heidi

    The evil from that abortion clinic lingers on from when Mr. Tiller operated it and now it continues to run, it is sad that people think that killing children is good because they feel there is no choice in the matter and it fact there is. People just are not getting the information they need to seek guidance in their decision because of fear. This man who came out and attacked this man needs deliverance and justice to be served.

  • Tricia

    the devil is running rampant!

  • Marjorie Rose

    This facility should never have been in a residential community so as to put the people of the area in a dangerous situation. The people that run and go to these places are simply not in the same league as the rest of Americans. Most of them are of evil intentions and of evil minds.
    How could someone just walk in a clinic and say I want to get rid of my baby? Why do they make it so easy for these people? Could the majority of American citizens do something like that? What kind of people murder children and what kind of mothers murder their children before they are born? To me they are worse than animals!

  • Mary Adam

    The attacker will probably never be prosecuted, they never are when it concerns attacking pro-lifers. I know from first hand experience. God Bless Sidewalk Counselors….and O.R.

  • Bill

    I’m no fan of abortionists or their clinics but I think we should be thankful for the action of the security guard. There might have been one more killing there that day had the guard not intervened.

  • Was Mr. Gietzen alone? It sounds like he was and that his bacon might have been fried were it not for the security guard. We advise our front-liners to never be alone. Sometimes the presence of another pro-lifer is enough to give the cowards a second thought.

  • John

    Let us pray for all, including the victim and the attacker.

  • Elizabeth

    It takes courage to stand up for these poor children. We have to be prepared
    for this. I imagine cases such as this will be on the rise as the tables turn
    upon the pro-death camp. I hope these incidents are not used to enact laws
    to arrest pro-lifers if they get to close to the death mills as they do here in
    Canada.

  • Sarah

    Thankful that security guard did the right thing and prevented a tragedy! Praying this guard will have a change of heart and leave the killing industry.

    It is a dangerous place to be outside of those mills. I will never be alone. When the other pro-lifers leave I leave. I had one woman tell me she was going to bash my face in for offering her a coupon for a free ultrasound. One guy told me he was going to enjoy raping me. It is really scary and there were other people around. Pray for each other’s safety. But I won’t stop going to the mill. The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.

  • Gebre Menfes Kidus

    I am thankful that the security guard intervened to actually help a Pro-Lifer. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that. I was attacked by a clinic guard once after I intervened to rescue a young Pro-Life woman from being assaulted by a man leaving the clinic. Pro-Life activists are rarely defended by the police or the law. I’m glad this one security guard had at least somewhat of a conscience. It still doesn’t excuse his defense of the evil that occurs inside that mill.

  • SharonG

    By the grace of God this doesn’t happen more often – these are murdering parents we’re dealing with.

  • randy crawford

    Babysavers are sometimes murdered by pro-abort psychos, so it pays to be prepared, especially with necessary self-defense and friends posted in the area with cell-phones and video equipment. The life you save may be your own:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Jim_Pouillon