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National Clinic Access Project

Monitoring Clinic Violence

Source: Clinic Violence Survey Reports, Conducted by the Feminist Majority Foundation

Shots have rung out across the nation; physicians and clinic workers have been killed. In 1991, in Springfield, Missouri, a clinic receptionist was shot and paralyzed from the waist down. In March of 1993, Dr. David Gunn was murdered outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida. Since 1991, at least ten people -- 5 doctors, 2 receptionists, an escort and a security guard -- have been murdered and 17 people wounded including 8 doctors. On May 31, 2009, Dr. George Tiller was murdered at his church in Witchita, KS.

Shockingly, some anti-abortion extremists are still calling "justifiable homicide" -- the murder of doctors -- a legitimate strategy to close clinics.

The National Clinic Access Project has helped to improve the status of clinics nationwide, but abortion providers, escorts, and women are still at risk.

Feminist Majority Foundation Clinic Violence Survey

The National Clinic Violence Survey is compiled by the staff of the Feminist Majority Foundation's National Clinic Access project, measuring anti-abortion violence and harassment. This survey is one of the most comprehensive studies of anti-abortion violence and harassment directed at clinics, patients, health care workers and volunteers in the United States and includes abortion providers of various organizational affiliations as well as independent clinics.