It seems that I may have been too hasty in suggesting that a recent attempted bombing of the Austin Women's Health Center was another case of Christian terrorism. The inference seemed warranted because rabid, anti-choice Christians have been involved in each of the previous clinic attacks. However, a reader has informed me that this case is far more complex and that the typical motives do not appear to apply.
Salazar sent me this story from The Austin-American Statesman via e-mail. It now appears that the alleged bomber, 27 year-old Paul Ross Evans, may not have had the usual anti-abortion motive at all. In fact, it turns out that this case may be far more interesting than a routine act of Christian terrorism. In the article, Evans is described as having an inoperable cyst in his brain, leading to serious mental health problems, including impaired impulse control. He is expected to use a mental state defense in his pending criminal case. This looks like it will be an interesting case to follow.
For more, see the Neuroethics & Law Blog.
Tags: Christian, terrorism, abortion, brain, law