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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Group to focus on outspoken Jacksonville doctor for 40 days
By LINDELL KAY
Daily News Staff

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Gas signs at BP station at the corner of Western Boulevard and Henderson Drive extensions show prices are inching their way up. According to AAA Carolinas, the summer travel season will likely see prices increase another half-dollar.

Memorial Drive is set to become the frontline between anti-abortion advocates and an outspoken Jacksonville doctor who performs the procedure. A nationwide movement to abolish abortion known as 40 Days for Life will focus on Jacksonville for the next several weeks beginning tonight as a group stages prayer vigils and rallies outside the Crist Clinic for Woman on Memorial Drive. The group, which expects around 500 participants, insists they will not be picketing, but praying and fasting. The permit application submitted by the organization lists that the group will be using up to 20 placards during their vigil. Dr. Takey Crist has pledged to prosecute any protestor that sets foot on his property. The location of the protest is along a stretch of road mentioned in a federal lawsuit filed by another anti-abortion organization claiming the City of Jacksonville violated their Civil Rights by trying to move their protest around the corner to Western Boulevard. JPD Chief Mike Yaniero said he is concerned about safety for patients and protestors along Memorial Drive, a curving road without sidewalks in certain spots. Other groups have elected to protest along Western Boulevard where there are sidewalks and greater visibility. Crist said the current group insists on gathering on Memorial Drive to single out and intimidate his patients. He said

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