Police have issued an arrest warrant for James C. Kopp, 44, of St. Albans, Vt., in the October 23, 1998 sniper-style shooting of abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian. Slepian was killed in the kitchen of his Amherst, NY home shortly after he and his family had returned from synagogue.
``We have probable cause to believe this man, James Kopp, is responsible for the death of Dr. Bernard Slepian,'' said Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark.
Kopp was named as a material witness early on in the Slepian investigation, after witnesses reported seeing Kopp's car in Slepian's neighborhood in the weeks preceding the shooting. A hair that is believed to be Kopp's was also found near the site of the shooting. A high-powered assault rifle that is believed to be the murder weapon was found buried about 200 feet behind the Slepian's home just last month.
Officials have thus far been unable to find Kopp, who officials say has traveled great distances to participate in anti-abortion demonstrations.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .