Kopp guilty of murder
Buffalo, NY – James Kopp was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of abortionist Barnett Slepian. Kopp, who is a suspect in several non-fatal shootings of abortionists in Canada, said through his lawyer that he intended only to injure the abortionist so as to prevent further abortions. In a November 2002 interview in the Buffalo News Kopp first publicly admitted that he shot Slepian but said “I aimed at his shoulder. The bullet took a crazy ricochet, and that’s what killed him.” He continued, “One of my goals was to keep Dr. Slepian alive, and I failed at that goal.” Sentencing is set for May 9 and Kopp faces a minimum 15 years to life in prison.
Pro-life honoured for UN work
NEW YORK – On March 7, members of the international pro-life community gathered in New York to attend a surprise dinner to celebrate the long and illustrious career of Jeanne Head, R.N., the face and force of the pro-life movement at the United Nations. Guests included pro-life leaders from around the globe and government representatives from the U.N. The ambassador from Qatar told guests, “We are all united here tonight to pay tribute to Jeanne Head, a woman of grace and conviction who has helped us all to defend the lives of the innocent.”
Philipines proposes IUD ban
MANILLA – Manuel Dayrit proposed banning intra-uterine devices because they may be abortafacient. Dayrit criticized claims by IUD proponents that the devices worked by preventing conception rather than by preventing the implantation of a newly conceived embryo. The constitution of the Philippines ensures that the state “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” The Manilla Times claims that 434,500 women currently use IUDs and critics called on Dayrit to resign. g at a University of Toronto event on science and the law, Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie said the scientific illiteracy of the judges may have come into play in its decision upholding Robert Latimer’s second-degree murder charges for the 1994 killing of his daughter Tracy. Tracy had cerebral palsy and the justices over-ruled Latimer’s defence of necessity in part because they found there were effective pain relief treatments that the Latimer family had not tried. As a publicity stunt, Latimer has, from his jail cell, offered $5000 to anyone who could name the treatment the SCOC suggested. Justice Binnie provided no evidence on way or another for such treatment but said Latimer is entitled to a “fuller explanation.”kin
Pro-life ‘disturbance’ gets hearing
MOOSE JAW, Sask. – Pro-life activist Bill Whatcott told The Interim that his March 4 hearing for an incident last summer went well and that he anticipates a positive result when the court renders its decision. On August 10, 2002, Whatcott and a group of pro-life activists witnessed at the intersection of Caribou and Main streets using graphic signs. An employee at a nearby Rogers Video claimed the group would shout at passing car and pedestrians. As he drove by, Chad Spriggs stopped to complain about the signs and a debate ensued. Spriggs testified that he was “pretty outraged, disgusted (and) disturbed” at the signs which he declared to be “completely unnecessary.” When the police arrived, they arrested Whatcott and he was charged with causing a disturbance by fighting, resisting arrest and breach of recognizance although the Crown eventually dropped the breach charge. A decision is expected June 10.