Lead Attorney in Kopp Investigation Forced to Resign
According to a WomensEnews.org story by Cynthia L. Cooper, President Bush has fired the attorney who led the investigation into the assassination of Dr. Barnett Slepian and who coordinated the international law enforcement that led to the identification, indictment and arrest of Dr. Slepian’s killer—James Kopp. U.S. Attorney Denise O’Donnell was the first woman to hold that post in the western district of New York state. U.S. Attorneys are appointed by the President, but their terms do not end with an election. In past administrations, both Democratic and Republican, U.S. attorneys have been allowed to complete their terms. Both President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft are staunchly anti-abortion, but Ashcroft has promised to pursue Kopp’s prosecution.
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. . . .