E. Tenn. abortion doctor charged with pointing gun at protesters

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Police have charged a physician who provides abortion procedures in East Tennessee with pointing a gun at protesters outside a Charleston health care office.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that 62-year-old Gary Boyle of Blountville, Tenn., was released on $25,000 bail Saturday. There was no answer Sunday at a telephone listing for Boyle in his hometown and the clinic was closed.

According to a police report, Boyle pulled out a handgun when he was approached by three abortion protesters in the parking lot at Charleston Women's Medical Center in West Ashley. It was not clear whether Boyle was performing abortions at the Charleston clinic.

The protesters are participating in a "40 Days for Life" campaign in which they pray outside the clinic 24 hours a day from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Joseph Location: Texas on Oct 5, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    Obviously, more info is needed to determine if the protestors were outside of their legal boundries when they "approached", in which case the doctor was provoked. Very likely that the doctor felt that they were a threat to his personal safety and would have every right to deter this threat to his personal safety. Protestors/ wing nuts have been known to kill a doctor at services, his very own church. So why not in a parking lot ??
  • by exmemphian Location: Knoxville, TN on Oct 5, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    Some people need to get their own lives in order and not worry about what others do. I do hope and pray for a positive outcome for the gun toting Dr. Protester's have murdered many innocent people (Dr.'s Nurse's Patients and bystanders) for what they claim to be the right thing. I for one believe in the constitution and the bill of rights.
  • by Larry Location: Atlanta, GA on Oct 4, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    Interesting that he gets arrested for threatening to kill people outside his office when he kills people inside it every day with no consequence.
  • by Leslie Location: Powell, TN on Oct 4, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    I hope the doctor doesn't get in trouble. It seems a shame that protestor's can shout ugly things and sometimes gun down a doctor. It seems fair that he can point a gun at them.
  • by Rev Donald Spitz Location: Chesapeake on Oct 4, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    If he will murder helpless babies by abortion, he is capable of anything.
  • by Terry Location: jc on Oct 4, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    Obviously its nothing for him to take a life. Life has no value at all to this man.


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