Based on reports from "informed Pakistani sources," Qatari television journalists reported that two U.S. military aircraft have landed in Pakistan and are preparing to launch a raid on Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden. A Qatari satellite television station reported that ždozens of commandosÓ are preparing to attack bin Laden.
Bin Laden, who is accused of masterminding bombing attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania last year, has taken refuge in Pakistan. His guerilla operation is based in Afghanistan. The leader of the Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam party in Pakistan, Maulana Fazlur rehman, defended bin Laden, saying, "Any attack on Osama will be considered an attack on Islam and Pakistan and that would be resisted with force. In the event of an American attack on Afghanistan, there will be war, not against America but against Americans."
Qatari television also reportedly received information about U.S. military actions from the Taliban, a militant Islamic regime that has instilled a system of gender apartheid in Afghanistan.
A spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, David Leavy, has denied the televised reports. Leavy said, "This is an inaccurate report and should not be taken seriously." President Clinton has previously stated that the U.S. will not rest until justice is served for the victims of the embassy bombings.
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. . . .