Florida Man Arrested for Planning to Bomb Abortion Clinics
On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Stephen Jordi of Coconut Creek, Florida for planning to bomb "an unspecified number" of abortion clinics. According to the FBI, Jordi was "perilously close" to starting his bombing campaign, according to the Associated Press.
The FBI had been watching Jordi since August after receiving a tip from his brother, Michael Jordi, that Stephan Jordi was planning to attack abortion clinics.
In September 2003, Stephan Jordi attended the anti-abortion activities surrounding the execution of Paul Hill. Hill was executed on September 3, 2003 for the murder of abortion provider Dr. John Britton and his volunteer escort, Lt. Col. James Barrett; his execution served as a rallying point for the most extreme members of the anti-abortion movement, including those who advocate violence against abortion providers. Before his execution, Hill showed no remorse, stating, "I think it was a good thing, and instead of being shocked, more people should do what I did. I think more people should act as I acted," according to the Associated Press.
Although severe clinic violence is down from its peak in 1994, "our national clinic violence survey reveals that violence is still threatening our nation's clinics at an intolerable level," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. The most recent survey found that levels of severe violence have slightly increased in the past two years, from 20 percent of clinics experiencing severe violence in 2000 to 23 percent in 2002. FMF's National Clinic Access Project is the largest of its kind in the US, leading efforts to keep women's health clinics open in the face of a war of attrition waged by abortion opponents.
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. . . .