Wichita bracing for the return of Summer of Mercy protests

Twenty-five years ago mass protests led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside Wichita abortion clinics. Now that city is bracing for a Summer of Mercy anniversary that its supporters hope will draw hundreds of activists.

The Wichita Police Department has spent months putting together a 60-page plan that aims to ensure everyone’s rights are protected and everyone is safe. The department has assigned about 100 to 150 police officers to the operation.

Police Capt. Brian White says police aren’t anticipating an event like the 1991 Summer of Mercy, but they have to be prepared for all possibilities.

The protest, slated for July 16-23, is being organized by the Christian fundamentalist group Operation Save America.