Authorities unveiled a May 1999 affidavit exposing evidence that the FBI used to charge James Charles Kopp with the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian. Among the evidence was hair and fibers found on a baseball cap buried near Slepian’s home as well as on a tree on the Slepian property. DNA from these samples match DNA from a toothbrush used by Kopp. That toothbrush had been given to the FBI by one of Kopp’s acquaintances. The affidavit also details a map that Kopp may have used to locate the pawn shop in Tennessee where the murder weapon was purchased.
A 1993 letter is also mentioned in the affidavit. In this letter, Kopp writes that he had “done all the usual things, writing letters to politicians, letter to the editor, etc., etc.” But after “meeting with God,” Kopp vowed, “We’ll do more.”
On April 3, two of Kopp’s associates, Dennis Malvasi and Loretta Marra, were indicted on charges that they aided Kopp by helping him avoid arrest. Malvasi has previously been convicted of three clinic bombings in New York and has served a seven-year prison sentence. Marra was arrested at least three times with Kopp: in January of 1991 during a clinic blockade in Levittown, New York; in February 1990 in Vermont at an abortion protest; and in 1992 in Italy.
The Feminist Majority Foundation has the oldest and largest Clinic Access Project in the nation. We have called on law enforcement to continue to crack down on the organized network of extremists who have aided and abetted not only Kopp, but also others who commit violent crimes against abortion providers and facilities. The Kopp investigation must reach, expose, and convict the financial backers, supporters, and safe house sponsors who have assisted these terrorists.
Media Resources: Source: New York Times – April 4, 2001; Associated Press – April 4, 2001; Nando Media – April 4, 2001; Buffalo News – March 30, 2001; Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .