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Anti-abortion vigils moved from closed US clinic

Abortion opponents have moved their planned memorial service away from the now-shuttered Kansas clinic run by slain abortion provider Dr George Tiller.

world Updated: Jun 20, 2009 21:16 IST

Abortion opponents have moved their planned memorial service away from the now-shuttered Kansas clinic run by slain abortion provider Dr George Tiller.

Operation Rescue planned an afternoon gathering and prayer vigil Saturday in Wichita at Tiller's former clinic, one of the few in the US where third-trimester abortions were available. Tiller was gunned down May 31 at his church. Murder and aggravated assault charges were filed against Scott Roeder.

The National Organization for Women said on Friday that dozens of abortion rights supporters planned to confront Operation Rescue supporters at the clinic.

On Saturday, abortion opponents said that instead of holding their service at the clinic they would place 1,500 flowers at a local hospital and a location near their own national headquarters.