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
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .