INCREASING SEVERE VIOLENCE AND THREATS AGAINST WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINICS…
Severe anti-abortion violence and threats of violence against abortion providers has dramatically increased in the last two years. The percentage of clinics impacted by the violence and threats has increased from 19% of clinics in 2014 to 34% in 2016. These disturbing findings show the need for increased law enforcement response.
For over four decades abortion providers throughout the United States have been under attack. There have been thousands of violent incidents including blockades, invasions, chemical attacks, arsons, bombings, death threats, sniper attacks, and cold-blooded murder. Since 1993, 12 abortion providers, first responders, patient supporters, and volunteers have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists; 30 others have been wounded, some critically.
WHEN DID THE RIGHT TO LIFE BECOME THE RIGHT TO TERRORIZE?
Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project, which was launched in 1989, leads efforts nationwide to reduce anti-abortion violence, to keep women’s health personnel and patients safe, to keep clinics open, and to bring violent anti-abortion extremists to justice.
The Feminist Majority Foundation has conducted periodically since 1993 a National Clinic Violence Survey measuring anti-abortion violence, intimidation, and harassment. This survey is one of the most comprehensive studies of anti-abortion violence and harassment directed at clinics, patients, and health care workers in the United States and includes abortion providers of various organizational affiliations as well as independent clinics.
Anti-abortion violence isn’t occurring in a vacuum. Abortion providers are harassed, intimidated, and terrorized with WANTED-style posters around their homes, schools, and places of worship. Abortion providers are personally harassed and threatened at 46.4% of abortion clinics. READ MORE.
The harassment and intimidation of clinic workers and women outside the clinics creates a hostile environment that often leads to violence. READ MORE.
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