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
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .