During an arrest for a suspected DUI in Mississippi, Randy Maske confessed to police that he had firebombed an abortion clinic in Peoria, Illinois in 1993. Arresting officer Tim Bell made a sarcastic remark to Maske while taking him into custody, saying “Come on inside hero.” Maske responded, “I am a hero. I bombed an abortion clinic.” Maske then went on to tell Bell details of the 1993 bombing, which were later confirmed by the Peoria police. Maske is being held in Tupelo, Mississippi. He will be transported to Peoria where he will face an arson charge.
On September 26, 1993, a “Molotov Cocktail” was thrown at the doors of a clinic in Peoria. The bomb burned the doors and sidewalks, causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage. “The only reason the bomb didn’t do a whole lot of damage inside the clinic was because of the security measures we had done,” said Margaret Van Duyn, Executive Director of the clinic. No one was injured in the firebombing.
Since the 1990s, incidents of severe violence directed at abortion providers and women’s reproductive health clinics have declined, however, one in five clinics still experiences one of more forms of severe violence. To learn more about anti-abortion violence, read the Feminist Majority Foundation’s 2000 Clinic Violence Survey.
Media Resources: Journal Star, 2/7/02; Daily Journal, 2/6/02; National Abortion Federation, Feminist Majority Foundation
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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. . . .