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1996 Clinic Violence Survey Report


For the fourth consecutive year, the Feminist Majority Foundation conducted a nationwide survey of anti-abortion violence in the United States. The survey requested information from clinics on anti-abortion violence occurring in the first seven months of 1996. In September of 1996, surveys were mailed to 912 clinics in the United States. Follow-up phone calls were made to clinics in October and November. Surveys were completed by 312 clinics, producing a response rate of 34.2%. Data were analyzed using SPSS-X (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) uni-variate and bi-variate statistical techniques. This annual survey represents one of the most comprehensive quantitative studies of anti-abortion violence directed at clinics, patients, and health care workers.

The sample of 312 clinics includes facilities in 45 states and the District of Columbia. (See Appendix A for list of number of clinics per state participating in the survey.) Of the clinics responding to the survey, 28.8% were non-profit, 42% were for-profit and 27.6% were private doctors offices. Abortions comprised more than 50% of their practices for 66.1% of clinics, and more than 75% of practices for 54.2% of clinics. Clinics were members of the National Abortion Federation, National Coalition of Abortion Providers, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Family Planning Associates, and National Women’s Health Organization as well as 28.8% which were unaffiliated with any national organization.

Ninety-five percent of clinics provided other women’s health services in addition to abortion. These services included birth control (95.8%), emergency contraception/morning after pill (68.6%), cancer screening (63.5%), AIDS testing (54.5%), STD testing/treatment (77.9%), tubal sterilization (32.7%), vasectomies (16.7%), reproductive health counseling (82.1%), pregnancy counseling (87.5%), PMS treatment (51.6%), menopause treatment (57.1%), adoption/referrals (18.9%), infertility treatment (22.4%), donor insemination (8%), and prenatal services (24%). Other services offered by clinics included routine gynecological services, general surgery, social services for pregnant and parenting teens, community education, substance abuse counseling and free yearly mammograms.

Clinics were assured that their individual responses to the survey would remain confidential. Clinics are identified by name and state only if the incidents and consequences of the violence are a matter of public record or if the Feminist Majority Foundation received permission to include the details of the incident in this report.