The owner of a southeast Wichita office complex is going to court this month to try to keep a Wichita doctor from performing abortions in the space she leases there.
The lawsuit filed by Foliage Development, which owns the Harry Street Office Park at 9916 E. Harry, is seeking a temporary restraining order that would prevent Mila Means from performing abortions in the building.
The lawsuit said Means' plans to begin offering abortions later this year already have prompted protests at the building, which is near Harry and Webb Road.
The lawsuit said three tenants have announced plans to leave the building if the protests continue.
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"The intermittent presence of demonstrators, protesters and police officers is unsettling to my staff and to clients visiting my office," wrote the president of an engineering firm who has leased space in the building since 1993. "I simply cannot operate a professional business with these continuing distractions."
Means did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment on the lawsuit.
Wichita's only abortion clinic closed in May 2009 after George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder.
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