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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


Chart 5. Increases and Decreases in Types of Violence
During First Seven Months of 1995

One in Ten Clinics Lose Staff as a Result of Anti-Abortion Violence

Clinics continued to lose staff as a result of ant-abortion violence. In 1995, 9% of clinics reported that staff members had quit as a result of anti-abortion violence and harassment. A similar number of clinics reported violence-related resignations in 1994. Both 1994 and 1995 levels of staff resignations represented a major decline from 1993, when one-fourth of clinics said they had lost staff members because of fears of violence.

Clinics which were the most heavily besieged by violence were the most likely to lose staff members. Of the clinics experiencing high levels of violence, 13.6% said staff members had resigned, compared with 9.3% of clinics reporting moderate violence and 7.3% of clinics reporting no violence.

The murder of two clinic workers and shooting of five other people in Brookline, Massachusetts on December 30, 1994 sent shockwaves through the nation. The attacks especially intensified fear among staff members at clinics around the country. Over sixty percent (60.7%) of clinics which reported staff losses as a result of violence in 1995 said those staff members had quit as a direct result of the Brookline murders.