Appeals Court Rejects

'Roe' Abortion Lawsuit

DALLAS -- A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday from the woman formerly known as "Jane Roe" challenging the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 31 years ago.

Original plaintiff Norma McCorvey, whose protest of Texas's abortion ban led to the high court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, has contended that the case should be heard again in light of evidence that the procedure may harm women.

But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, meeting in New Orleans, dismissed her suit against the Dallas County district attorney, calling it moot because Texas has not had a state abortion law for more than 30 years.

A federal court in Dallas last year threw out McCorvey's request to have the ruling reconsidered. McCorvey, of Dallas, now an outspoken opponent of abortion, filed the latest motion in June.

Allan Parker, director of the San Antonio-based Texas Justice Foundation, which represents McCorvey, said his client will appeal. "We've always known that this case will be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court," he said. "We will be successful at the Supreme Court level."

* GARY, Ind. -- Federal agents are investigating an arson fire that damaged a new Habitat for Humanity house for a black family in a predominantly white neighborhood as a possible civil rights violation. Racially motivated graffiti and Ku Klux Klan insignia were marked on the house, according to a report by fire investigator Steve Johnson.

* GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A man being chased by sheriff's deputies dropped his fiancee's 8-month-old daughter out of a moving car, sending the baby tumbling across the highway in her car seat. The girl was unhurt, but Dana Bettin, 23, died Sunday, three days after the highway chase that ended when he crashed his 17-year-old fiancee's car into an unoccupied police car. Deputies began chasing Bettin after he was accused of domestic violence at a hotel.

* CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A couple arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to a July 4 presidential appearance filed a federal lawsuit alleging their First Amendment rights were violated. Nicole and Jeff Rank were removed from the event at the West Virginia Capitol in handcuffs after revealing T-shirts with President Bush's name crossed out on the front. Nicole Rank's shirt had the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back, and Jeff Rank's said "Regime change starts at home." Nicole Rank was dismissed from her job with the Federal Emergency Management Agency but was rehired after trespassing charges were dropped.

-- From News Services