NC Man Arrested After Helping Informant He Believed Would Bomb Abortion Clinic
Justin Carl Moose was arrested earlier this week and charged with "providing information related to the making, use, or manufacture of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction to a person Moose believed was planning to bomb a women's health clinic in North Carolina."
According to the FBI, the criminal complaint against Moose "alleges that Moose utilized a social networking website as a platform to advocate violence against women's health care clinics - specifically locations where abortions are performed - and the health care professionals employed at these facilities. Furthermore, the Complaint alleges that during the week immediately preceding his arrest, Moose spoke and met with a confidential source and provided detailed information and instruction about various explosives or incendiary methods for the purpose of enabling the source to destroy an abortion clinic in North Carolina."
An investigation into Moose began after Planned Parenthood alerted the FBI to his Facebook page, on which he had advocated extreme violence against abortion providers, among others, reported the Charlotte Observer. According to an affidavit that accompanied the criminal complaint, Moose began using Facebook on January 19, 2010 to advocate "the use of violence in order to affect his ideological and political beliefs. The majority of these postings relate the issue of abortion and the murder of abortion providers," reported the Salisbury Post.
In another incident last week, a Molotov cocktail was used to bomb a Planned Parenthood clinic in Madera, California. According to ABC, this was the first time the Madera clinic was targeted by violent crime in the 20 years it has been in operation.
Media Resources: FBI Press Release 9/9/10; Charlotte Observer 9/9/10; Salisbury Post 9/9/10; KFSN (ABC affiliate) 9/2/10
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .