Friday, May 18, 2007

Would-Be Abortion Clinic Bomber Not Anti-Abortion

The day after someone left a homemade bomb at a South Interstate 35 women's clinic that performs abortions, Karen Slafter wore a "Pro Choice" button to her job at a South Austin tattoo parlor.

Slafter said she discussed the button that day last month with her co-worker, who didn't seem bothered by her personal statement or particularly opinionated about abortion.

That co-worker, Slafter said, is Paul Ross Evans, the 27-year-old who was arrested the next day on charges he put a homemade pipe bomb outside the Austin Women's Health Center near Oltorf Street.

"I am a woman, and I know he's not anti-abortion," Slafter said.

Evans, she said, has a brain disorder that impairs his reasoning and social functioning. Why he may have put a bomb at a women's clinic "is a huge puzzle" she said, but if it's true, Slafter believes Evans' mental health had something to do with it.


This is an interesting development. I look forward to seeing if this is corroborated in court.

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