The following comes from a June 28 story in the L.A. Times.
About 50 to 100 antiabortion protesters wrote messages in chalk and shouted slurs outside the home of a Newport Beach obstetrician who was one of the doctors to oppose Hoag Hospital’s decision to eliminate elective abortions.
The protest late Thursday outside the Dover Shores home of Dr. Richard Agnew, a Hoag Hospital-affiliated physician, was led by a group of protesters who mostly appeared to be in their early teens and wrote messages in chalk that included “neighborhood serial killer” and “This house was built from blood.”
Paula Durnian, a longtime neighbor, said she found the protest to be “really out of line.”
“I’m a firm believer in freedom of speech, but this was a disturbance of the peace,” she said. “We had to clean the street because they chalked the most horrific things.”
Katharine Agnew, the doctor’s wife, called the demonstration “very disturbing.”
Hoag halted elective abortions shortly after forming a partnership with Catholic health provider St. Joseph Health System. Hoag said the decision was based on low demand for such abortions and that the hospital had performed fewer than 100 a year.
But records and interviews show the decision was closely tied to the Newport Beach hospital’s partnership with St. Joseph….
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