1993 Clinic Violence Suvey Report
ANTI-ABORTION VIOLENCE IS NATIONWIDE
The survey found that anti-abortion violence is prevalent throughout the country. Clinics and health care workers in California, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Montana, New York, Massachusetts and Illinois were among those that faced the most acute violence. Anti-abortion violence has been especially devastating in small states and in rural states, where there are limited abortion facilities and women have to travel long distances to obtain abortion services. The following are state profiles of anti-abortion violence as reported in this .urvey during the first seven months of 1993:
In California, five of the thirty-four clinics in the survey reported death threats to staff during the first seven months of 1993. Five clinics had experienced the stalking of health care workers. Five clinics had faced chemical attacks. Four clinics had been disrupted by blockades and three by invasions. Four clinics had experienced bomb threats.
Four of the twenty-one Texas clinics had staff members who had been threatened with death. In two clinics, staff were stalked. Seven clinics were threatened with bombings. Six clinics were blockaded. Four clinics were invaded. Three clinics had chemical attacks. One clinic in Corpus Christi was burned to the ground.
In Michigan, four of the thirteen clinics reported death threats. Five clinics were invaded. Four clinics faced chemical attacks. Clinic staff were stalked at three clinics. A blockade was held at one clinic. One clinic was the victim of attempted arson. Three clinics received bomb threats.
Of the thirteen clinics in Florida, four have staff who received death threats and five have staff who have been stalked. Three clinics experienced bomb threats, while two clinics had invasions and two clinics were the victims of chemical attacks. One clinic was blockaded. One clinic, not able to respond to the survey, was totally destroyed by arson. Dr. David Gunn was murdered at a Pensacola clinic in March. The doctor who owned the clinic and served as Gunn's replacement after the murder was himself murdered in August in Alabama.
Four of the twenty-two clinics located in New York received bomb threats during the first seven months of 1992. Clinic staff at one clinic received a death threat, and staff at another clinic were stalked. One clinic was blockaded. One clinic experienced arson.
Four clinics from Montana participated in the survey. Of these clinics, two had staff who received death threats and two had staff who were stalked. One clinic was blockaded. One clinic received a bomb threat and one was burned down by arsonists.
Of the six clinics that responded to the survey in Massachusetts, three received bomb threats and one clinic received a death threat. One clinic was blockaded. One clinic was invaded. There was an arson attempt at one clinic.
Ten clinics in Illinois completed the survey. Of these clinics, three experienced blockades and four experienced invasions. Three clinics had chemical attacks. One clinic received a bomb threat. Staff at one clinic received a death threat. One clinic had personnel who were stalked.