Some of the tactics would seem more likely to be performed by a 5th grader than by the head of a nationally known political organization. Others are tried and true tactics that have harassed providers since the beginning of legal abortion. Together, they mark the desperation of an anti-choice movement terrified of losing what was once their greatest victory—the closing of the Wichita, Kansas abortion clinic where Dr. George Tiller performed both early and later term abortions before he was murdered by Scott Roeder.
Since the closing of the Wichita clinic, Operation Rescue, which relocated to Wichita in 2002 for the sole purpose of harassing the providers in the city, had gleefully used its past as rabble-rouser and instigator of violence to deter other doctors from considering providing pregnancy terminations. When Dr. Mila Means considered taking up the mantle left behind by Tiller, she became the subject of daily "vigils" at her office, suspicious packages, and constant harassment. A judge allowed the owner of her building to block her from offering abortions, saying it would be too disruptive for the building's other tenants. That was later followed up by threats by Kansas for Life activist and Scott Roeder admirer Angel Dillard, who sent Means a letter telling her that " thousands of people" were looking into her background and that "They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live...You will be checking under your car everyday — because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it."