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Clinics report quiet day after Hill's execution

By Associated Press
Published September 5, 2003

GAINESVILLE - Police reported no credible threats against abortion providers in Florida on Thursday, a day after the state executed a former minister who killed an abortion clinic's doctor and a bodyguard.

A Gainesville clinic received a false bomb threat Wednesday, the day Paul Hill was executed for the 1994 shotgun slayings outside a Pensacola abortion clinic.

Two police cars and two uniformed officers were stationed outside the All Women's Health Center in Gainesville, where the threat was called in.

There were no reported problems at other abortion clinics around the state, according to Kristen Perezluha, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Vicki Saporta, president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation in Washington, said there had been a few false bomb calls but no credible threats at clinics around the country.

Hill, the first killer of an abortion doctor in the nation to be executed, was condemned for the July 29, 1994, shooting deaths of Dr. John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard, retired Air Force Lt. Col. James Herman Barrett outside the Ladies Center in Pensacola. Hill claimed the killings were justified to defend unborn children.

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