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March 9, 2001

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Anti-Choice Extremist Enters into Plea Agreement for Soliciting Murder of Abortion Providers on Internet and Possessing Child Pornography

National Abortion Federation Praises FBI and the Justice Department's Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers for Moving Swiftly to Apprehend Extremist

Camden, NJ - Nicholas Morency, of Villas, New Jersey, entered into a plea agreement today for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and for possession of child pornography. Morency had posted a site on the Internet in early 1999 that offered a $1.5 million reward to anyone who murdered an abortion provider.

"We commend the FBI and the Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers for their swift work in bringing this extremist to justice," said Vicki Saporta, Executive Director of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). "Because of their actions, Morency was apprehended before anyone was hurt. Within 48 hours of our contacting the Task Force, the web site was taken down. This is just one example of how the Task Force under the leadership of former Attorney General Janet Reno helped save lives by responding quickly and decisively to threats against abortion providers. We hope we can count on the Task Force under John Ashcroft to do the same."

In November 1999, the National Abortion Federation discovered a web site that offered a $1.5 million reward for anyone who murdered an abortion provider. NAF immediately contacted the Task Force on Violence Against Reproductive Health Care Providers, which worked with the Washington Field Office of the FBI to determine who was responsible. The FBI conducted the investigation that allowed prosecutors to bring charges against Morency. The site was taken down within 48 hours of NAF contacting the Task Force, and Morency was arrested for violating the FACE Act and for possessing child pornography. Morency allegedly told law enforcement officials that he was prompted to put up the web site after reading about the Nuremberg Files, a web site which lists doctors' names, with lines through those who have been killed by anti-choice extremists.

Saporta continued, "In the two years since its creation, the Task Force has saved lives. As the organization representing abortion providers and the women who seek their care, NAF is doing everything possible to ensure that the important work of the Task Force continues under the new leadership of John Ashcroft. We are closely monitoring the work of the Department of Justice to ensure that the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and other laws are fully enforced. The Task Force must continue to send the unequivocal message that violence directed at those who provide safe, legal reproductive health care services to women will not be tolerated."

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