Anti-abortion Extremists Plead Guilty to West Coast Bombings
Peter Howard pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to blow up an abortion clinic. Howard drove a pickup truck into the Family Planning Associates clinic in Bakersfield, California at night and attempted to light containers of fuel in the truck on fire. Howard was stopped by a security guard.
Another anti-abortion extremist, Richard T. Andrews, is expected to plead guilty to setting fires at seven abortion clinics on the West coast between 1992 and 1995. Andrews is charged with eight counts of arson, and faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. Under the terms of an agreement, the government is expected to ask for a seven-year term.
Authorities are still searching for Eric Robert Rudolph, a 32-year-old white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighs 150 pounds. Rudolph is wanted in connection with the recent Alabama clinic bombing that killed police officer Robert Sanderson and seriously injured clinic nurse Emily Lyons.
Call 1-888-ATF-BOMB with information regarding the Alabama bombing.
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Media Resources: Nando.net, AP - February 10, 1998
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .