2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 6, 2003 NATION/WORLD
Bush signs partial-birth' abortion ban NEWS IN BRIEF
HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi-
dent Bush signed into law the most
far-reaching abortion restrictions in
three decades yesterday, an emo-
tionally charged measure already
challenged in three federal courts.
A federal judge in Nebraska
called the law "highly suspect" and
issued a temporary order blocking it
from applying to four abortion-
rights doctors who filed suit.
After years of frustration, legal
setbacks and two presidential
vetoes, hundreds of anti-abortion
leaders rose in applause when Bush
promised to vigorously defend the
constitutionality of the law, known
by its supporters as a "partial birth
"For years a terrible form of vio-
lence has been directed against
children who are inches from birth
while the law looked the other way,"
Bush told religious leaders, mem-
bers of Congress and other abortion
foes at a signing ceremony at the
Ronald Reagan Building. "Today at
last the American people and our
government have confronted the
violence and come to the defense of
the innocent child."
Abortion-rights groups said the
law was overly broad, lacked any
exemption for the health of a
woman seeking an abortion and
could outlaw several safe and com-
They also contended it was the
first step in a larger campaign to
ban all abortions for the first time
since the Supreme Court's 1973
landmark decision legalizing the
"This bill marks a concerted
effort to set back decades of
progress in achieving reproductive
freedom," said Gloria Feldt, presi-
dent of the Planned Parenthood
Federation of America, which filed
suit against the measure in San
The bill gave Bush a major victo-
ry to show religious conservatives
on the eve of a re-election year.
But it also revived debate on a
polarizing issue that could undercut
his hopes of winning support from
The bill outlaws a procedure gen-
erally performed in the second or
third trimester in which a fetus is
partially delivered before being
killed, usually by having its skull
r ler plea
"For years a terrible form of violence has been
directed against children who are inches from
birth while the law looked the other way."
- President Bush
Former President Bill Clinton
twice vetoed similar bills.
While anti-abortion forces
cheered their victory, arguments
against the law were raised in court-
rooms in Lincoln, Neb.; San Fran-
cisco and New York.
In Lincoln, U.S. District Judge
Richard Kopf issued a temporary
restraining order, citing concerns
that the law lacked any health
"It seems to me the law is highly
suspect, if not a per se violation of
the Constitution," Kopf said. He
said his order would apply only to
the four doctors who filed the law-
suit, but the ruling could extend
beyond Nebraska because they are
licensed in Alabama, Georgia,
Iowa, New York, South Carolina
In Manhattan, U.S. District Judge
[dsgulty s l to
Richard Casey appeared skeptical
about arguments by Talcott Camp, a
lawyer for the American Civil Lib-
erties Union, which sought an order
blocking enforcement. Casey did
not issue an immediate order.
"Doesn't the court have to give
some deference to the findings of
Congress that are spelled out in this
statute?" Casey asked, noting the
findings resulted from eight years
of hearings. "They say there is no
About 30 states have enacted ver-
sions of partial birth abortion bans
but in many cases they have been
overturned in court. The most
important ruling was in 2000 when
the Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote,
said a Nebraska law was unconsti-
tutional because it did not have an
exception for the health of the
mother and was too vague.
Bombs kill three, wound five in Ira
Insurgents attacked three American military convoys in this northern city
with rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs yesterday, killing three
Iraqi civilians and wounding five Americans, the U.S. military and hospital
The attacks occurred in a city long considered relatively safe for US.
troops, compared to Baghdad and the cities and towns in the "Sunni Trian-
gle" to the south.
Elsewhere, paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division captured two for-
mer Iraqi army generals in Fallujah, the military said. The generals were
not identified, but the military said they were suspected of financing and
organizing anti-coalition fighters in the volatile city west of Baghdad.
Guerrillas near Fallujah shot down a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter on
Sunday, killing 15 soldiers in the bloodiest single strike against American
forces since the war began March 20.
No American soldiers were reported killed yesterday by hostile fire. But
one 1st Armored Division soldier died of wounds from a "non-hostile gun-
shot" at a checkpoint in Baghdad, the military said.
RAMALLAH, West Bank
Israel loosens West Bank travel restrictions
Israel's Defense Ministry announced yesterday it is easing travel restrictions Minthe
West Bank in an effort to strengthen Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, vwho
remains stuck in a power struggle with Yasser Arafat.
But Palestinians said the changes were largely cosmetic and brought no real relief.
Defense officials said easing the lockdown was a gesture to Qureia, who is trying
to form a new Cabinet, but remains at odds with Arafat over control of the Palestinian
The officials said Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz also wants to show progress to
US. officials when he heads to Washington next week.
The move comes a week after Israel's top soldier said the tough policy was coun-
terproductive and was increasing Palestinian hatred toward Israel. Because hq is
known as a hard-liner, the comments by the army chief, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, have
resonated with the public and may have influenced Mofaz.,a
Israel has maintained the restrictions, enforced for the past three years, are neces-
SEATTLE (AP) - Uttering the word "guilty" 48
times with chilling calm, Gary Leon Ridgway admitted
yesterday he is the Green River Killer and confessed to
strangling four dozen women over two decades - "so
many women I have a hard time keeping them
"Choking is what I did and I was pretty good at it,"
the 54-year-old former truck-factory employee said in
papers submitted as part of his plea bargain.
Ridgway, a short figure with glasses, thinning hair
and a sandy mustache, pleaded guilty to more murders
than any other serial killer in U.S. history.
He struck a plea bargain that will spare him from
execution for those killings and bring life in prison
without parole for one of the most baffling and disturb-
ing serial killer cases the nation has ever seen.
For a half-hour, he listened in court with an utter
lack of expression as his own accounting of how he
picked up each victim and where he dumped the body
was read aloud. In the most matter-of-fact way, he con-
firmed the details, responding "yes" over and over in a
clear but subdued voice.
"I wanted to kill as many women as I thought were
prostitutes as I possibly could," he said in a statement
that was read aloud in court by a prosecutor and
opened an extraordinary window on the twisted mind
of a serial killer. He also said: "I killed so many women
I have a hard time keeping them straight."
He said he left some bodies in "clusters" and
enjoyed driving by the sites afterward, thinking about
what he had done. He said he sometimes stopped to
have sex with the bodies. Victims' relatives wept quiet-
ly in the courtroom.
"It was hard to sit there and see him not show any
feeling and not show any remorse," said Kathy Mills,
whose daughter Opal was 16 when she vanished in
1982. Opal's body was found in the Green River three
Ridgway's lawyers said he was, in fact, sorry and
will express that to the families at the sentencing,
which will be held within six months. Defense attorney
Tony Savage said Ridgway's emotions came "in pri-
vate, in emotional ways, in tears and in words. ... He
feels terrible remorse."
"The Green River nightmare is over," King County
Prosecutor Norm Maleng said after the proceeding.
But Sheriff Dave Reichert - one of the first investi-
gators on the case as a young detective - said that the
investigation continues and that charges in more cases
were possible. Under the plea bargain, Ridgway is not
protected from the death penalty in other jurisdictions.
He has not been charged elsewhere, but admitted
dumping victims outside the county and in Oregon.
Other serial killers have bragged of murdering many
dozens of victims, but Ridgway's plea agreement,
signed June 13, puts more murders on his record than
any other serial killer in U.S. history.
John Wayne Gacy, who preyed on men and boys in
Chicago in the 1970s, was convicted of killing 33 peo-
ple. Ted Bundy, whose killing started in Washington
State, confessed to killing more than 30 women and
girls but was convicted of murdering only three before
he was executed.
At a news conference, Maleng said his first reaction
to striking a deal that would take the death penalty off
the table was no: "If any case screams out for the death
penalty, this was it."
But he said he finally agreed to bring a resolution
to dozens of unsolved Green River cases. Investiga-
tors had evidence to pursue charges in seven cases
but had exhausted their leads in the others, and the
victims' families - including those whose loved
ones had never even been found - deserved
answers, Maleng said.
Gary Ridgway, left, listens as individual guilty
pleas are read yesterday in the King County
Courthouse in Seattle.
Since signing off on the deal, Ridgway has
worked with investigators to recover the remains of
"Justice and mercy for the victims, the family and
our coimunity, and that'is why we entered into this
agreement," the prosecutor said.
The Green River Killer's murderous frenzy began in
the Seattle area 1982, targeting mainly runaways and
sary to keep out Palestinian attackers.
SEOUL, South Korea
North Korean plant
The United States and its key allies
agreed yesterday to suspend construction
of two nuclear power plants in North
Korea, saying that the energy-starved
communist state won't get them unless it
gives up its nuclear weapons program.
The move seems likely to kill the
$4.6 billion power plants project,
because the Bush administration oppos-
es it and officials from the United
States, South Korea, Japan and the
European Union have agreed that a
unanimous decision would be needed to
The Korean Peninsula Energy Devel-
opment Organization, a U.S.-based con-
sortium, has been building two
light-water reactors as part of the 1994
accord between Washington and
Pyongyang in which North Korea
promised to freeze and eventually dis-
mantle its suspected nuclear weapons
Al-Qaida activity on
the rise in Somia
In lawless Mogadishu, where U.S.
officials fear al-Qaida members are
plotting their next attack, the word is
out: catch a terrorist, collect rewards
as high as $5 million.
At least four al-Qaida terrorist sus-
pects are in Somalia, Kenyan offi-
cials and U.N. experts say, and Amjr-
icans are trying to capture them ii a
country without an effective cenral
government for more than a decade,
officials and gunmen told The Asso-
U.S. agents are working through
proxies and have recruited a network
of informants who keep an eye out
for suspected terrorists, according, to
a Western security official and sever-
al prominent Somalis, all speaking
on condition of anonymity.
fight against CBS %
In protesting "The Reagans," the
miniseries that CBS decided to pull this
week, supporters of the former presi-
dent were defending not just a man, or a
politician, but his principles.
"This was a left-wing smear-of
one of the nation's most -beloved
presidents and CBS got cauglt,"
says Brent Bozell, founder of the
conservative Media Research Cqp-
ter, which had asked advertisers to
consider boycotting the film.
All modern presidents have their
advocates, but Ronald Reagan's
legacy is guarded with an intensity
not seen among supporters of Jimmy
Carter or Gerald Ford.
For many, Reagan personifies the
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