The Second Court of Appeals denied the release on bail of Lorretta C. Marra, an anti-abortion activist accused of helping suspected murderer James Charles Kopp avoid capture by authorities. Kopp is charged with the 1998 sniper-style killing of Dr. Barnett Slepian, an Amherst, NY abortion provider. In addition to Slepian’s murder, Kopp is also suspected in four other sniper attacks on abortion providers. Formerly on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List,” Kopp was finally captured in Dinan, France earlier this year.
Loretta Marra was previously arrested with Kopp in January 1991 during a clinic blockade in Levittown, New York, and her husband, Dennis Malvasi, has previously been convicted of three clinic bombings in the state of New York and served a seven-year prison sentence. Marra and Malvasi are both being held in local jails for helping Kopp elude law enforcement. Both have denied any wrongdoing.
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. . . .