Anti-Abortion Extremist Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Clinics

Anti-abortion extremist Stephen Jordi, charged with plotting to bomb abortion clinics, lesbian and gay bars, and some churches, pleaded guilty this month to one count of attempted arson. Jordi, a self-proclaimed terrorist, according to prosecutors, could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, the Associated Press reports.

Federal prosecutors agreed to drop charges of distributing material about explosives and possessing an unregistered firearm in exchange for the guilty plea on attempted arson. The FBI had been investigating Jordi after a tip from his brother that Jordi intended to bomb women’s health clinics. The FBI gathered information on Jordi using an informant posing as an anti-abortion extremist.

In September 2003, Stephen Jordi attended the anti-abortion activities in Florida surrounding the execution of Paul Hill, who murdered an abortion provider and a volunteer escort. He was photographed during these activities with convicted clinic bomber Joshua Graff and Neal Horsley, creator of the “Nuremberg Files” website. FBI agents traced at least six phone calls from Jordi to Graff or Horsley following the execution.

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Associated Press 2/15/04; Reuters 2/13/04; Feminist Daily News Wire

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