Extremists Arrested During Weeklong Protests in Charlotte
Notorious anti-abortion extremist Flip Benham and three others were arrested in Charlotte, NC this weekend during eight days of protests against abortion rights, Islam and homosexuality that were staged by Benham's group Operation Save America. Benham and Michael Stanley Warren were charged with careless burning when they burned abortion-related court documents in front of a federal courthouse. Benham and Warren were released Monday on a $2,500 bond.
"Protestors have the right to burn the flag of the United States yet Christians and Pastors are not allowed to burn wicked decrees that defy the laws of Almighty God," Operation Save America wrote in a release. "America needs to take a good long hard look at when our nation protects murderers who rip apart little babies in their mothers wombs, defends the perversion of sodomy and then jails men of God for standing for righteousness. Our cup of iniquity is getting full."
Samuel Gibbs also was arrested during the weeklong protests for trespassing at an abortion clinic. Barbara Joy Brooks, 19, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon at a protest after police found a large knife on her as she stood outside another area clinic. Gibbs was held on a $500 bond and Brooks was held on an $800 bond.
In addition to the protests, Operation Save America held classes for participants that addressed such topics as "Homosexuality vs. Christianity" and "Why Are All Terrorists Muslim," according to the Charlotte Observer.
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. . . .