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Pro-life grandpa facing DC abortion clinic lawsuit

Pro-life grandpa sued over alleged aggressive protests outside Washington abortion clinic By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Dick Retta is a regular outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Washington. The 80-year-old grandfather is there three days a week, trying to persuade pregnant women not to get abortions. He says his approach is gentle and loving.

But government lawyers portray Retta differently. They say last year he physically blocked a woman from entering the clinic, shouting at her not to kill her baby. They sued him under a 1994 law that makes it a crime to intimidate or interfere with someone obtaining reproductive health services.

Retta is one of a handful of people nationwide charged every year under the law. Lawyers for both sides have a meeting before a judge Thursday to see if they can come to an agreement in the case.

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