A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the “date-rape” drug. Rev. Jeffrey Windy allegedly had a chemical solvent used to make the drug delivered to St. Patrick’s Church in Sheffield, Illinois where he worked and then made the drug at a friend’s home. GHB can be used as a hallucinogen or as a means to incapacitate people for the purpose of committing sexual assault. Windy now faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines. He is to be sentenced on August 22.
Windy’s guilty plea came on the same day that an appeals panel rejected an effort to reduce the sentence of Boston pedophile priest, John Geoghan. Geoghan received a 9-10 year sentence for molesting a 10-year old boy in 1991. Lawyers were attempting to reduce the sentence to 2 years with 8 years of probation. Despite this failed attempt, Geoffrey Packard, Geoghan’s attorney, indicated that Geoghan intends to appeal his conviction.
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. . . .