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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 Protectioins | Conclusions | Appendix A | Appendix B

Facing the mobilization of abortion rights activists at clinics, protest injunctions, and buffer zones, anti-abortion extremists largely have abandoned clinic blockade and clinic invasion strategies in favor of more threatening strategies aimed at particular physicians and clinic workers such as death threats, stalking, and home picketing. Chart 5 illustrates the patterns of decline in various types of violence over the past three years, based on our annual surveys.

Chart 4. Clinic Reports of Blockades, Invasions, Death Threats and Stalking, 1993-1995

For the first time, in every category of violence, more clinics in 1995 reported decreases than increases in incidence. Chart 5 reveals reported increases and decreases in specific types of violence in 1995, compared with 1994. Significantly, however, the smallest net decreases occurred in death threats and stalking.