Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Abortion Clinics Increase Security Following Shootings Two Boston-Area Facilities Prepare to Reopen after Killings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Abortion Clinics Increase Security Following Shootings Two Boston-Area Facilities Prepare to Reopen after Killings

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Workers at an abortion clinic stepped around a blood-stained patch of floor on Monday as they cleaned up after the gunman who killed the clinic's receptionist and wounded two other employees.

Down the street, at another abortion clinic where the same man killed another receptionist and shot three more people, workers from a security company installed a metal detector.

Both clinics, in suburban Boston, planned to see patients again later this week amid increased security after Friday's rampage. State, federal and local authorities are scheduled to meet today to discuss an increase in security. Clinics around the country also were taking extra precautions in response to the latest burst of violence.

The suspect in the shootings is John C. Salvi III, 22, who lived in Hampton, N.H. He was arrested Saturday in Norfolk, Va., where police say he shot up Norfolk's only abortion clinic. In Massachusetts, Salvi faces two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.

As the Massachusetts clinics struggled to return to normal, four of the five people wounded remained hospitalized Monday; two were in serious but stable condition, and two were in fair condition.

Abortion-rights advocates picketed an anti-abortion prayer vigil Monday at a church a few blocks from the Brookline shootings. About 20 people waved banners and chanted "the blood of women is on your hands" to the abortion foes as they entered the Ruggles Baptist Church.

In Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, head of the archdiocese of Boston, criticized those who sought to glorify the accused killer. "I don't condone the killing as I don't condone abortion for the same reason, and that is that I hold every human life sacred. I am convinced that violence begets violence."

In Manchester, N.H., Roman Catholic Bishop Leo O'Neil joined Law in calling for a halt to protests outside abortion clinics. …

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