Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

July-07-03

Alleged Rudolph Accomplice Expects Indictment

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.

DONATE Contribute to the Feminist Majority Foundation and help support our National Clinic Access Project!

Media Resources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution 76/03; Associated Press 7/7/03; Feminist Daily News Wire


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally. Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
 
6/30/2015 Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome - On June 27, at about 6:30 AM, Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina's Statehouse and removed the confederate flag. . . .
 
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature. This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts. In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .