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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Planned Parenthood quietly opened another abortion clinic in Kansas in the lead up to a decisive statewide vote in favor of protecting abortion access.

The Wyandotte Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas, had long been in the works but opened with little notice this summer as neighboring Missouri banned nearly all abortions in the wake of the U.

S. Supreme Court’s June ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Other nearby states took similar actions.

Emily Wales, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, highlighted the Kansas City clinic while discussing abortion access in a conference call this week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Friday.

“The fact that that gives us one more location in Kansas to see patients to support them is really critical at this moment because we’re realistic that this region cannot support the number of patients who need care,” she said after Kansas voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution declaring that it grants no right to abortion.

It brings the number of clinics in the state to five, three of which are operated by Planned Parenthood.

The clinic was supposed to open earlier, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to construction delays, Planned Parenthood Great Plains spokesperson Anamarie Rebori Simmons said in an email.

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Harry Potter creator JK Rowling gets chilling death threat from extremist after Rushdie stabbing

Author J.K. Rowling has received a death threat following her sympathetic tweet for author Salman Rushdie.

"Feeling very sick right now," Rowling tweeted in a reply to a link to the "horrifying news" that Rushdie had been stabbed several times while giving a lecture in New York. "Let him be ok."

"Don't worry you are next," one user by the name of Meer Asif Aziz replied to Rowling's tweet.


Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2022

"Twitter Support any change of some support?" Rowling tweeted, tagging the platform's support team along with screenshots of the interaction.

Aziz's account, with its 24 followers, has not published a tweet since the author pointed out his death threat to the platform's administration. The account, which normally tweets about 11 tweets per month, was relatively more active around the news of the attack on Rushdie, calling the now-known attacker "a revolutionary Shia fighter" who "followed the fatwa of the late Ayatollah Rohullah Khomenei." Aziz was referring to the 1989 religious ruling from Iran's supreme leader that promised to award $3 million to whoever killed Rushdie following the publication of his book The Satanic Verses. The bounty would increase to as much as $6 million over the years, according to the Index on Censorship.

Twitter has not responded to the Washington Examiner's request for comment to confirm or deny whether the account has been suspended. The original tweet is no longer visible on the platform.

[email protected] any chance of some support?

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022

Rowling went on to thank her followers for their "supportive messages" while alluding to more death threats made against her.

"Police are involved (were already involved on other threats)," the fantasy author tweeted.

Aziz refers to himself as a "student, social activist, political activist, and research activist" in his Twitter bio. He seemed to celebrate Rushdie's attacker's Lebanese background, tweeting about his background according to "Hezbollah fighter reports." Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist militant group.

The fatwa was issued against the Indian-born and Muslim-raised Rushdie following his 1988 publication of The Satanic Verses on allegations that the book was blasphemous against the Islamic religion. Iranian state media also praised Rushdie's attacker for completing the fatwa, with one editorial reading: "Let us kiss the hands of the one who tore the neck of the enemy of God with a knife."


Rushdie, should he survive his injuries, is currently on a ventilator, unable to speak, suffering nerve and liver damage, and is likely to lose an eye.

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