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
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .