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Affirmative Action on Trial by Teresa Stern
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National Council of Women's Organizations Statement on War with Iraq
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Writing of War and Its Consequences
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Congolese Women for Peace
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Roe v. Wade Anniversary is Focus of Terrorist-Trial Rallies
By Karen Rose

SLOGANS ON PARADE Pastor and convicted arsonist Michael Bray, held a joint press conference in a room filled with anti-abortion posters, signs, and slogans. Photo by Jenny Warburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trial of James Kopp for the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian is set to begin on March 17 in Buffalo, NY. Kopp has admitted to killing Dr. Slepian, but claims he only meant to wound him to stop him from performing abortions.

On the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion, Kopp's circle of committed abortion foes, members of a group who call themselves the "Army of God," traveled to Buffalo to demonstrate in support of Kopp. A message was posted on anti-abortion Web sites beforehand: "Forces are being deployed with the power to stop any child of God from being legally slaughtered in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2003." The letter was signed, "Commander in Chief, Army of God, USA."

The group's rally in Buffalo was in place of the annual White Rose Banquet, which honors those imprisoned for acts of violence against abortion providers. It is usually held in Bowie, Maryland, around a day of anti-Roe demonstrations in Washington, D.C.

Michael Bray, a pastor and convicted arsonist, said at a press conference in Buffalo, "We honor tonight James Kopp," and maintained that the jury should acquit Kopp on the grounds of "justifiable homicide." "We call upon authorities to release those who are unjustly imprisoned for defending the innocent," he said, "and execute those who commit abortion."

Organizing Kopp's sympathizers in Buffalo was Army of God spokesperson Jonathan O'Toole of Kansas, who used AOG's Web site to summon other anti-abortion extremists to show support for Kopp on the Roe anniversary date and during the upcoming trial: "Make no mistake about it," he wrote, "you're either on Jim's side or on the side of the baby-butcher."

Others in Buffalo were Bob Lokey, featured in the 1998 HBO documentary Soldiers in the Army of God where he recounts how he circumcised himself upon becoming a Christian while serving 20 years in prison for murder; and Donald Spitz, director of Pro-Life Virginia. After Dr. Slepian's murder, Spitz appeared on radio and TV condoning the killing. On one radio talk show he said, "What would you rather have, 50 million dead babies or 250 dead abortionists?"

In an open message to future jurors in Kopp's trial, O'Toole said, "Be fearful as you make this decision because God will protect the lives of these unborn babies." He also said that Kopp had "given Buffalo a golden opportunity to turn this nation around."

Defense attorney Bruce Barker has said, "This trial has the potential to be historic. It can be a turning point in the way the country views abortion."

"Factually there's no dispute," said Barker. "We know what happened, but what is in dispute is the morality of abortion. Those individuals [on the jury] are going to get a chance to vote on abortion."

Prosecutors say they expect 400 to 500 potential jurors will be surveyed about their views on abortion and knowledge of the case.


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FMF Press Release: Army of God Terrorist Network Must Be Cracked

James Kopp in the Feminist Daily News >>


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