Jennifer Sperle and Clark Martin, Virginia anti-abortion activists, were indicted on federal conspiracy and arson charges for fires at two clinics. Each could face 45 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted of causing the 1994 fire at the Newport News clinic and the 1995 fire at the Tidewater Womenís Health Center in Norfolk. According to the indictment, Sperle also tried to instruct others in the how-toís of destroying clinics and provided an instruction manual.
"The good news here is that they got two indictments, which indicates the Justice Department didnít just abandon its abortion violence investigation as some anti-abortionists had mistakenly claimed in January," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "Itís encouraging that they could bring a conspiracy charge, because some anti-abortionists have been saying there is no conspiracy," Smeal said.
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .