Man Allegedly Plotting to Bomb Abortion Clinics Indicted
A man who was arrested last month for allegedly plotting to bomb abortion clinics, lesbian and gay bars, and churches that did not condemn abortion was indicted by a grand jury last week. Stephen Jordi was indicted on counts of attempted arson, distributing explosives information, and possessing a silencer, according to the Associated Press. The FBI had been watching Jordi since August after receiving a tip from his brother, Michael Jordi, that Stephen Jordi was planning to attack abortion clinics. The FBI gathered information on Jordi using an informant posing as an anti-abortion extremist. FBI spokesperson Beverly Esselbach said, "He was perilously close to carrying out his plans," according to the Associated Press.
In September 2003, Jordi attended the anti-abortion activities in Florida surrounding the execution of Paul Hill, who murdered an abortion provider and a volunteer escort. He was photographed during these activities with convicted clinic bomber Joshua Graff and Neal Horsley, creator of the "Nuremberg Files" website. FBI agents traced at least six phone calls from Jordi to Graff or Horsley following the execution, the Miami Herald reports.
Earlier in November, US Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac denied bail for Jordi, declaring him a danger to the community, the Herald reports. If convicted, Jordi faces up to 20 years in prison and as much as $750,000 in fines, according to the Associated Press.
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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. . . .