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1995 Clinic Violence Survey Report

Table of Contents | Methodology | Key Findings | Violence Declines | Levels of Violence | Death Threats, Home Picketing, and Stalking | Decreases in Violence | One in Ten Clinics Lose Staff | One in Five Clinics Reported FACE Violations | Law Enforcement Response Improved | Levels of Violence Correlate with Law Enforcement Response | Legal Protections | Conclusions | Appendix A | Appendix B



For the third consecutive year, the Feminist Majority Foundation conducted a nationwide survey of anti-abortion violence that occurred during the first seven months of 1995. In September of 1995, surveys were mailed to 902 clinics in the United States, and American Somoa. Follow-up phone calls to clinics were made in September and October. Surveys were completed by 310 clinics, producing a response rate of 34%. 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 studies of anti-abortion violence directed at clinics, patients, and health care workers.

The sample of 310 clinics in the 1995 survey includes facilities in 44 states and American Somoa. (See Appendix A for list of number of clinics per state.) The percentage of clinic practice devoted to abortion ranges from less than 5% to over 75%. Clinics represented in the sample are almost evenly divided among facilities that are non-profit (31%), for profit (38.1%), and private doctors offices (30%).

Many of these clinics provide a wide range of gynecological and other health care services. The 1995 survey found that 94.8% of clinics provide health services in addition to abortion. Clinics provide birth control (92.6%), cancer screening (68.1%), pre-natal care (24.8%), menopause treatment (58.1%), tubal sterilization (29.7%), adoption and referral services (22.3%), infertility treatment (26.8%), PMS Treatment (51.6%), AIDS Testing (60%), reproductive health counseling (83.2%), pregnancy counseling (86.8%), and STD testing and treatment (82.3%).

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