An anti-abortion activist who in February fired a shotgun into an abortion clinic faces a possible indictment for helping anti-abortion extremist and bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph escape capture. Brenda Kay Phillips is being held in a North Carolina jail for firing multiple shots at an abortion clinic in Asheville, NC, in the middle of the night, incurring no injuries. She is also charged with making threatening phone calls to the clinic as well as to a Birmingham, AL, clinic that had earlier been the site of a deadly explosion believed to be Rudolph's work. During the phone calls, Phillips identified herself as a member of the Army of God, the most violent wing of the anti-abortion extremist movement.
While confessing to firing shots at the Asheville clinic in order to "bring attention to abortion and to the unborn children," as she explained to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Phillips claimed to have helped Rudolph while he was on the run from authorities. FBI agents at the time dismissed her claims, but now her attorney says they are showing "renewed interest" in her story, the AJC reports. Since her initial confession, Phillips has refused to provide details about her claim, according to the Associated Press.
Eric Rudolph was captured on June 1 in Murphy, NC, after five years on the run from authorities. He is believed to be the perpetrator in bombings of two abortion clinics, and lesbian and gay nightclub, and Centennial Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. These bombings have left two people dead and over 100 injured. Rudolph is a Christian Identity adherent with ties to the Army of God.
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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. . . .
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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. . . .