National Clinic Access Project
The National Clinic Access Project
The National Clinic Access Project (NCAP) assists independent clinics and physicians as well as affiliated clinics, both non-profit clinics as well as for-profit. NCAP began as the National Clinic Defense Project in 1989 by mobilizing 10,000 pro-choice volunteers in response to Operation Rescue's threat to turn Los Angeles into the first "abortion-free city."
FMF's National Clinic Access Project is the largest of its kind in the U.S., leading efforts nationwide to keep women's health clinics open in the face of violence and intimidation and to bring anti-abortion terrorists to justice. Read more about the history of the NCAP project.
- Fact Sheet on the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act
- Drawing the Line Against Anti-Abortion Violence and Harassment. In order to further clinics’ and communities’ ability to provide safe abortion access, the Feminist Majority Foundation and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum) have updated this booklet, first published in 1996.
Mobilizing Community Support
NCAP sends trained teams of community organizers to targeted cities to assist local communities in mobilizing and training pro-choice volunteers to keep clinics open. Since 1989, the Project has mobilized and trained more than 56,000 community volunteers to support clinic and counter anti-abortion harassment and blockades in 47 cities in 26 states, including: Los Angeles, CA, Buffalo, NY, New York City, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR, Minneapolis, MN, Jackson, MS, Chicago, IL, San Diego, CA, Atlanta, GE, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO, Pensacola, FL, Melbourne, FL, Denver, CO, Dallas, TX, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Charlotte, NC.
National Emergency Response Team and Clinic Survival Assistance
The Project provides direct emergency legal, security, and media assistance to besieged clinics. Our goal is to get a clinic open again as quickly as possible following a violent attack – and to send a message to anti-abortion terrorists that they will not succeed in closing even a single clinic with violence. The Project provides emergency grants and loans to install security equipment, including surveillance cameras, bullet-resistant glass, alarm systems, cellular phones and pagers, and bullet-proof vests.
We run a 24-hour Security HOTLINE free of charge to clinics across the country. Our Emergency ALERTS notify clinics of threats and situations that might pose a threat in their area.
Security Assessments and Training
The National Clinic Access Project provides on-site professional security assessments and provides training to clinic staff in security procedures.
Litigation Strategy and Assistance
The Feminist Majority Foundation's legal team won a precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June 1994, establishing the constitutional right for clinics to secure buffer safety zones in Madsen v. Women's Health Clinic. Today, just over 40% of all clinics in the country are protected by buffer zones, effectively helping to stem anti-abortion violence.
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)
We provided research and policy analysis in the development of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), enacted in 1994 Full text. FACE is a powerful tool for protecting abortion providers and deterring those who threaten them. The Act makes it a federal crime intentionally to use “force or threat of force or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services.”
In addition to its criminal penalties, both Attorneys General of individual states and the United States Attorney General as well as those individuals and clinics impacted by prohibited activities can bring civil lawsuits to secure injunctions that prohibit those identified people from continuing their acts and to recover monetary damages.
Law Enforcement Communications and Briefings
We secure intervention of local, state and federal law enforcement to stop clinic violence, frequently serving as a vital communications link between clinics and law enforcement officials. Together with the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, our Law Enforcement Briefing Project provides local and state law enforcement with the latest information on trends in anti-abortion violence and threats posed by anti-abortion extremists.
Field Research & Tracking of Extremists
Over the years, we have built extensive files on anti-abortion extremists, and extremist organizations and their activities. Our annual National Clinic Violence Survey is the most complete measure of anti-abortion violence and trends, and is used extensively by law enforcement and the media.
Strategic Media Outreach and Public Education
Our National Clinic Access Project highlights the positive achievements law enforcement and the pro-choice community have made in reducing overall violence at women's health clinics, while alerting the nation to the threats these terrorists and their violence pose to our democratic values.