Facts on Anti-Abortion Violence

National Clinic Violence Survey

In January 2019, the Feminist Majority Foundation released its 2018 National Clinic Violence Survey measuring anti-abortion violence, intimidation, and harassment of abortion providers.

  • The number of clinics that experienced the most severe types of threats and violence, including death threats, stalking and blocking clinic access, remained high at 23.8% of clinics.
  • Nearly half of clinics nationwide (45%) experienced at least one incident of severe violence and/or at least one incident of severe harassment, such as break-ins, robberies, and vandalism, in the first half of 2018.
  • Clinics that rated their experience with local law enforcement as "poor" or "fair" were almost twice as likely to experience high levels of severe violence and harassment (28%) than those who rated local law enforcement "good" or "excellent" (15.1%).
  • The overwhelming majority of clinics (87%) report experiencing some type of anti-abortion activity in the first half of 2018, with 62% of providers experiencing activity at least once a week.

Percentage of Clinics Experiencing Targeted Intimidation of and Threats Against Doctors and Staff 2014-2018

Chart showing percentage of Clinics Experiencing Targeted Threats and Intimidation Against Doctors and Staff and Percentage of Clinics Experiencing Severe Violence & Threats of Severe Violence

Read the full Feminist Majority Foundation 2018 National Clinic Violence Survey (PDF).

Previous National Clinic Violence Survey reports:

National Abortion Federation Statistics

The NAF statistics on violence against abortion providers document 8,812 incidents of violence from 1977 to 2017. These statistics also include death threats and anthrax/bioterrorism threats. NAF notes that "Incidents recorded are those classified as such by the appropriate law enforcement agency. Incidents that were ruled inconclusive or accidental are not included."