US Asks France to Extradite Anti-Abortion Extremist
The United States has submitted a request to France’s Justice Ministry for the extradition of James Charles Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist charged with the 1998 assassination of obstetrician and abortion provider Barnett A. Slepian. Kopp faces state and federal charges of murder as well as penalties for violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act for using deadly force against a reproductive health care provider. A court in northwestern France now has three months to decide whether Kopp will be extradited.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .