Clinton Orders Military Strikes Against Terrorist Facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan
The U.S today launched military strikes against a terrorist base in Afghanistan and a chemical weapons facility in Sudan affiliated with Osama bin Laden, a major funder of anti-U.S. terrorism and top suspect in the August 7 bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa.
President Clinton said that he had "convincing evidence" that bin Laden played a major role in embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and in past attacks on U.S. military forces and citizens. Clinton also noted the U.S. belief that bin Laden and his terrorist followers were planning "additional terrorist attacks against our citizens and others." Defense Secretary William Cohen said he hoped that these strikes would "reduce the ability of these terrorist groups to train and equip their followers."
A group allegedly founded by bin Laden, the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, issued a statement yesterday which read, "The coming days will, God willing, see that America meets a black fate ... There will be more attacks." The statement threatened that U.S. citizens and their allies would face repeated attacks "until American forces withdraw from the land of Muslims."
Bin Laden was also a signatory to a fatwa (religious tract) issued last February which read, ``We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it."
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. . . .