Execution of Anti-Abortion Terrorist Could Further Violence, Groups Warn
With the September 3 execution date for anti-abortion terrorist Paul Hill drawing near, the Feminist Majority Foundation and other groups working to stop anti-abortion violence have urged clinics to take extra security measures, fearing that Hill's death could trigger violent incidents. Hill, 50, was convicted for murdering Florida abortion provider Dr. John Bayard Britton,69, and his volunteer escort James Barrett, 74, outside a Pensacola clinic in 1994. One anti-abortion website has already published a lengthy and detailed fictional account of Hill's execution, imagining that more murders of abortion doctors would follow.
The death penalty opposition group Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) last Friday submitted a letter to Governor Jeb Bush urging that he commute the death sentence. "By helping Paul Hill to martyr himself, you will give Hill and his followers a platform to encourage others to copy the crime... The martyrdom of Paul Hill will be a prime example of how the death penalty can actually encourage more murder and violence," wrote FADP Director Abe Bonowitz, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, earlier this week Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Corrections Secretary James Crosby and Prison Warden Joseph Thompson received death-threat letters from unknown sources containing bullets and opposing Hill's execution. State law enforcement officials have launched an investigation of the letters and bullets.
FMF's National Clinic Access Project is the largest of its kind in the U.S., leading efforts to keep women's health clinics open in the face of a war of attrition waged by abortion opponents.
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. . . .