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Birth-Control Advocate Convicted of Trespassing at Bus Station

Birth-Control Advocate Convicted of Trespassing at Bus Station



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A 76-year-old woman who gave unsolicited birth-control advice to bus riders was convicted Friday of trespassing at the city's transit station.

Laura Stevens scoffed at her sentence, 14 hours of community service. She said she would serve it at Planned Parenthood. "I got 14 hours, but I'd stay there for years," she said. "I got candy. I didn't get punishment."

Stevens was booted from the Cache Valley bus system in June after telling a mother of six that she could "get a patch and not have a kid for five years," police said.

She was cited for trespassing when she returned to the Logan bus station six days later in search of a missing purse, The Herald Journal of Logan reported.

Stevens was found guilty after she defended herself in Logan's Municipal Justice Court. She wore a shirt that had a picture of a starving child and the message, "All children have the right to food and basic health."

Transit officials said Stevens has a history of harassing passengers, particularly Hispanics. She was warned about her comments in February and again on June 20. "We want everyone to have a comfortable ride," general manager Todd Beutler said.

Stevens can ride the bus -- if she doesn't bother anyone, he said.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

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