Authorities Search for Witness in Alabama Clinic Bombing
Authorities are searching for Eric Robert Rudolph, a witness whose gray Nissan truck was spotted leaving the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing scene last Thursday. The bomb, made of nails and gunpowder, killed Robert Sanderson, a clinic security officer, and seriously injured Emily Lyons, a nurse and counselor who suffered extensive injuries to her legs, abdomen and face, including the loss of an eye and severe damage to her second eye. It is unclear whether she will see again.
Professor of sociology Dallas Blanchard commented, "the voice of violence in the abortion movement is increasing." In the past, Alabama abortion clinics have been broken into and destroyed, and set on fire.
Workers and volunteers at the nearby Summit Clinic in Birmingham are refusing to surrender to anti-abortion violence; a sign reading ``This clinic stays open,'' sits in its window. Lisa Santer, a new volunteer who helps escort patients inside of the clinic, said she offered her services because she was outraged by the bombing. "I think allowing a bombing to frighten us is not a fitting tribute to a person who gives their life or a part of their body," Santer said.
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Media Resources: Nando Net - February 2 and AP - January 31, 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. . . .