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ONLY A FEW DOZEN ABORTION FOES SHOW UP FOR PROTEST IN LOUISIANA

Three years ago, Operation Rescue drew thousands of followers to Louisiana for a weeklong protest against abortion. This year, the daily turnout has been measured in dozens.

"We've had almost as many police as demonstrators all week," police Maj. Howard Robertson said Saturday. "We were prepared for the worst, but it's been a real low-key thing."In 1992, at the last weeklong abortion protest in the area, about 1,700 Operation Rescue members protested outside a Baton Rouge clinic every day. Sixty-one people were arrested.

Saturday's final demonstration paled in comparison: About 80 members of Operation Rescue showed up at one clinic, along with about 50 abortion-rights activists.

Fatal shootings of abortion doctors in Florida and of clinic receptionists in Massachusetts have knocked down Operation Rescue's numbers, said the Rev. Bill Shanks, a Louisiana organizer for the abortion foes.

Only one person was arrested - a man accused of throwing a beer can that struck an abortion-rights supporter.