Abortion Whose Side Are You On?

For weary Wichitans, the protests may finally be subsiding, but the healing has yet to begin

Before Operation Rescue came to town in mid-July, Linda Barber and her brother Rick Middleton hardly ever talked about abortion. Now they hardly ever talk. Rick, 39, enlisted with the pro-life forces and was twice arrested for trying to shut down one of the city's three abortion clinics. Linda, 35, volunteered to escort the terrified female patients past the demonstrators. "I had no clue she was pro-choice," says Rick. "The relationship in our family is definitely strained." Linda is less polite. "I feel he's in bed with a bunch of criminals," she says. "I can't imagine spending this Christmas together."


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