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Tuesday, February 2, 1999 Published at 22:35 GMT


Huge fine for anti-abortion site

Clinics and doctors carrying out abortions feel threatened by Web

An American anti-abortion Website has been told to pay more than $100m in a landmark case testing the limits of free speech.

The Nuremberg Files site dripped animated blood and listed the names of hundreds of doctors carrying out abortions in the US, greying out those wounded by activists and putting lines through the names of those killed.

In October, it crossed off the name of Dr Barnett Slepian after he was killed by a sniper. At least seven doctors and clinic workers have been killed and many more injured in the past five years.

The case was brought by Planned Parenthood, a women's health clinic and five doctors against the American Coalition of Life Advocates and others responsible for the site.

The people running the site were accused of being in breach of the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act which bans activists from inciting violence against abortion doctors.

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