Anti-Abortion Extremist Sentenced for Firearms and Car Theft Charges
Domestic terrorist and anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison yesterday for six federal charges of possession of illegal firearms and for stealing a car while on the run from authorities. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, Waagner has also admitted to mailing 550 letters filled with powder to women’s reproductive health clinics in October and November of 2001, claiming they contained anthrax. However, he has yet to be charged with these crimes. Waagner will serve this sentence following the 30 years he already has to complete for a prison escape in Illinois in February last year. He eluded authorities for 10 months, during which he threatened to kill abortion providers and was named one of the FBI’s most-wanted.
“I’m not remorseful. I’m not begging for forgiveness for what I did, because I thought it was right,” Waagner told the judge, according to the Associated Press. He told the Enquirer that he "did, in fact, want to harm someone. [He] wanted to kill an abortion provider. [He] just couldn't do it." Waagner plans to appeal his sentence.
Waagner still faces charges of federal bank robbery in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, car theft in Mississippi, and possession of a pipe bomb in Tennessee, according to the AP. He was also implicated in an escape attempt Monday from his maximum-security holding cell where he was awaiting trial.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 8/15/02; The Cincinnati Enquirer 8/15/02, 8/16/02
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. . . .