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More security planned at Planned Parenthood sites

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will get more security after the fatal shooting of a Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kathi Di Nicola confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the organization has accepted an offer of more security from the U.S. Marshals Service. She declined to give details.

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder ordered increased security for a host of unnamed individuals and facilities in the wake of the weekend slaying of Dr. George Tiller at his church in Wichita.

Deputy Justin Cline of the U.S. Marshals Service in Minneapolis says the service is establishing "protection details," but wouldn’t give details about them.

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Those who work in abortion clinics in Minnesota say there’s a need for more vigilance after Tiller’s murder.

One clinic director says she’s told her staff to be more aware of their surroundings and to avoid walking out of the clinic alone. But Pat Sandin of the Midwest Health Center for Women in downtown Minneapolis says the clinic’s doctors aren’t fearful and continued serving women on Monday.

Sandin says there were anti-abortion protesters outside her clinic on Monday, just like any other day. Like many abortion clinics, the Midwest Health Center for women has security cameras and asks all visitors to show ID before entering.

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