Friday, May 09, 2003

N.Y. Abortion M.D.'s Killer Gets Maximum

The AP reports that James Kopp, the anti-abortion sniper who gunned down an abortion doctor in his home five years ago, was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Kopp struck in the suburbs of Buffalo, my old hometown. The AP writes:

Kopp was lying in wait behind Slepian's suburban Amherst home Oct. 23, 1998, and fired once through a rear kitchen window after the doctor returned from a memorial service for his father. Slepian's wife and four sons were home at the time.

A suspect soon after the shooting, Kopp fled to Mexico and then Ireland before ending up in France. He is a suspect in the non-fatal shootings of four other abortion providers in Canada and Rochester between 1994 and 1997.
I, for one, am glad that there is one less madman on the streets who threatens the rights of women to control the process of their own bodies, and the health providers who attend to their needs.

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