80-Year-Old Anti-Abortion Protester Faces Charges Of Blocking Clinic Entrance
Dick Retta has been standing outside an abortion clinic in DC three days a week for 8 years.
Retta says his approach is friendly, gentle and loving. Government lawyers portray him differently, calling him “among the most vocal and aggressive anti-abortion protestors” outside the clinic.
In court documents, they say he routinely follows patients entering the building and yells at them as the clinic door closes. Last year he physically blocked a woman from entering the clinic, shouting at her not to kill her baby, they say.
Retta may be charged under a 1994 law making it a crime to interfere with or intimidate someone seeking reproductive services.