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Louisiana Lawmakers Act to Become Accessories to Murder

Louisiana Lawmakers Act to Become Accessories to Murder
By Deborah Foster

https://www.politicususa.com/2014/06/08/louisiana-politicians-act-accessories-murder.html

When any remaining abortion doctors in Louisiana are eventually murdered, each and every member of the Louisiana House and Senate who voted for their new HB 388 law, as well as Governor Bobby Jindal, should be charged as accessories to murder. This law will be requiring doctors, including those in private practice who provide a limited number of abortions, to register with the state. This registration requires doctors to publish their names, addresses, and even photos to the internet. Pushed through the Louisiana Senate with a vote of 34-3, and then the House with a vote of 85-6, HB 388 also closes most of the state’s abortion clinics.

These legislators know that they are purposefully putting the lives of abortion providers at risk by forcing them to publish their identifying information. In the past, in other states, wanted posters with the names and details of abortion providers have been circulated among anti-choice extremists.  In these cases, the consequence has been death, such as the murders of Dr. David Gunn and Dr. George Patterson. Too often, the allegedly “pro-life” community either remains silent on these murders or applauds them outright, as Reverend Paul Hill did when he said in the New York Times that the murders of Drs. Gunn and Patterson, “had the desired result.”

As it stands, five years after the murder of Dr. George Tiller, most of these remaining abortion doctors already have to remain in hiding to prevent violent radicals from killing them or their loved ones. They take different routes to work each day. They wear bullet proof vests. Their clinics have armed guards, metal detectors, and the highest levels of security they can afford.

Dr. Cheryl Chastine, the doctor who bravely stepped forward to take Dr. Tiller’s place in Wichita, Kansas, appeared on MSNBC, but in shadow, to share how her life is constantly endangered. Many significant threats, lawsuits, and other forms of intimidation were also used against another potential abortion provider in Kansas in 2011 to the point where one doctor felt she could not continue to practice abortion services, in part for her own safety. Rachel Maddow uncovered another major threat to an Allentown, Pennsylvania clinic.

When Maddow, on June 3rd, covered Louisiana’s premeditated effort to have abortion providers targeted for murder, she quoted Democratic State Representative Larry Walker of Georgia, who said in 2001,

“Have you heard about these clinics being bombed and these people being shot and if the word goes out this could very well cause that. In fact, I had a leading Republican over here say we’re a right to life, not this kind of thing…How many appendectomy doctors do you know whose clinics have been bombed? Or baby doctors…pediatricians…or heart specialists? Now…let’s be realistic about it. If you take that approach, this is the real thing. If you put out on the Internet that these people are performing abortions, the next thing you know some of these radicals are going to want to shoot ’em and kill ’em and bomb ’em and everything else. It’s going on. It’s the real world.”

Louisiana itself is no stranger to violence against abortion clinics. In 1986, several people were indicted for bombing two clinics and attempting to bomb a third. Again in 1993, a man torched another abortion clinic in Louisiana. People know the consequences of publishing this information.

It is not enough that Louisiana (and so many other states) have already restricted access to abortion to an unprecedented extent. It is not enough that they have assured that low-income women, the women most in need of services, are unable to get them. While the past four years have seen extraordinary overreach on the part of mostly Republican lawmakers in the states regarding abortion restrictions, it has to be noted that nearly every Democratic lawmaker in Louisiana voted right alongside the Republicans on this newest bloodthirsty bill. It is a matter of time before one of two things happens. Either Louisiana lawmakers will get their wish that abortion providers will at least be frightened out of delivering services in the future, or they will get their wish that abortion providers are all murdered. If it’s the latter, or if even one abortion provider is killed as a result of this electronic ‘wanted’ list, all 119 legislators who voted in favor of HB 388 should be charged as accessories to 1st degree murder when the eventual tragedy (or tragedies) occur(s.)

Christian Persecution Being Called GENOCIDE: World Turns A Blind Eye

I love it when pissant Christians cry how they are persecuted. No, I really do. Their complete and utter hypocrisy is in full exposure when Christians cry how much they are persecuted. For 1,700 years? Christians persecuted Native Americans, Pagans, Atheists, LGBTS, Jews, and many others. Christians put to brutal deaths millions upon millions in their 1,700 year history.

Christians deserve to be persecuted. They deserve to reap back all they have sown in their persecutions of Pagans, Native Americans, Jews, lgbts, atheists and many others. Christians should reap what they have sown and have done unto them as they do unto others.

Ex-LGBTs Pray, Repent on Behalf of Nation for Sin of Homosexuality

Now? I guess it is time for all LGBTS to demand the same death penalty punishment for adulterers that Christians scream for lgbts huh?

Leviticus 20:10 If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Deuteronomy 22:22-24 If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. “If there is a betrothed virgin, and a man meets her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry for help though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor’s wife. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

So when do we stone to death Donald J Trump and all the other adulterers for adultery as commanded in the bible be done to them? I mean if we are supposed to stone to death homosexuals? Why do you all give a pass to adulterers who are also supposed to be stoned to death?

Is The Bible Creating Atheists?

https://victorscornerdotorg.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/atheists-and-the-bible/

Not only does the Bible create atheists, Christians themselves are the biggest creators of atheists.

How does the bible create atheists?

The bible, especially the Old Testament? Has god ordering the brutal murders of others. From ordering his followers to rip the fetuses out of the wombs of pregnant women, to ordering his followers to smash the bodies of infants and children against rocks to brutally murder them.

You proclaim this god is loving and merciful? But? In response to the Prophet Elisha? God sent two she bears to rip to shreds and maul 42 children. What was their death penalty punishment for? Making a joke about the prophet Elisha’s bald head. This is not a loving and merciful god in the least bit.

Your god allowed the Tribe of Benjamin to slaughter a whole town because they were under a curse and could not get any of the other Tribes of Israel to give them virgin girls to marry. So what did they do? They went to Jabesh Gilead and slaughtered the whole town, including the animals, save the virgin girls. Those? They brutally raped and under Levitical law? Forced them into marriage. And when the Tribe only got 400 virgins from Jabesh? That was not enough so they went and kidnapped the vestial virgin dancing girls of Shiloh and did the same to them. All with their gods approval.

You got god commanding that children be put to brutal deaths for all kinds of shit. You got god commanding that a raped virgin must marry her rapist for life. You got god commanding stoning death punishments for adultery for women who are raped outside a town and do not scream loud enough to be heard.

You got god committing worldwide mass genocide against innocent fetuses, infants and children.

You got god commanding that certain children be sacrificed and their bodies put into the foundation of the walls of the Temple.

And I could go on and on and on.

ANYONE DESCRIBING THIS GOD AS HOLY? AS JUST? AS MERCIFUL? AS LOVING? HAS NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT IS HOLY, WHAT IS JUST AND WHAT IS LOVING OR MERCIFUL.

THIS GOD IS A PURE EVIL BEING. ANYONE WHO WORSHIPS THIS GOD AS GOOD? IS IN FACT? WORSHIPING A SATAN, A VILE, EVIL, DEGENERATE MONSTER WHO DESERVES NO WORSHIP.

HOW DID CHRISTIANS CREATE ATHEISTS?

From the moment Christians gained power in 322 AD? They started their vile, evil persecutions and mass slaughters of others, through their forced conversion programs.

They made it a death penalty punishment to be a Pagan and proceeded to literally slaughter and butcher Pagan priests and priestesses. They would beat to death on the spot a child found playing with a Pagan statute and in 9 Forced Conversion Crusades into Northern Paganlands? They slaughtered hundreds of thousands of Pagans, wiping out whole towns and villages of Pagans.

The Crusades to Jerusalem? Well they should have called those the Slaughters of the Jews. For the five crusades to Jerusalem? The Christians slaughtered whole towns of Jews. When they got to Jerusalem? They slaughtered more Jews and actually fellow Christians? Than they did Muslims. They actually had to call off the Third and Fourth Crusades cause Christians had murdered so many Jews and fellow Christians? There were not enough Christians left alive to go fight in Jerusalem.

Then? You got all the Christian wars, like the Thirty Year war between Protestant and Catholic Christians in the Germanic region, where? They literally wiped out 75% of the population and it took three generations to come back from that war.

Or? How about the Protestant and Catholic Inquisitional periods? Where Christians invented some of the most vile and evil, diabolical torture tools to put their fellow human beings to brutal deaths? Or their tortures of those they proclaimed as witches, heretics and scientists?

Of course? You got the Black Death period, where Christians brutally murdered Jews and those they declared as Witches.

And? You got the Christians committing the worst case of mass genocide in recorded human history against us Native Americans of North, Central and South America, wiping out millions of us Native Americans under their ChristoTaliban Manifest Destiny evil.

You got Christians committing more recent genocides in Bosnia and Somolia, you got Christians in countries like Uganda putting to brutal deaths lgbts, atheists and others. You got Christians Pastors of Hate in the US screaming, foaming at the mouth for the death penalty for lgbts, atheists and others.

Oh and let’s not forget the millions of children raped, tortured and harmed by Christian priest and pastor pedophiles.

So It is mostly Christians? Who prove beyond any shadow of a doubt? That their religion is no better than the Muslims and even worse, Cause in their hypocrisy? They state they are a religion of peace, love, non-judgment, etc but their words, actions and deeds? Prove anything but.

How Do We Explain Morality?

How do you explain the morality of Christians who participated in the slaughter and forced conversion programs of the Pagans? Or all the Christians who brutally murdered Native Americans and did all they could to wipe us off the face of the earth, committing the worst case of mass genocide in recorded human history? Or how about the morality of Christians when they burned a whole town of Jews and murdered them? Or how about all the people who were tortured and executed by Christians in their Inquisitions? Or how about all the people murdered in those Christian wars like the Thirty Year War? Or how about all the lgbts, atheists, and many others that Christians have brutally murdered? So where do these Christians get their morality from? Or the hundreds of thousands of Christians busted for raping children? Or the hundreds of thousands of Christians, who were Christians before they got busted, in prison for such crimes as murder, terrorism, theft, and all kinds of other crimes? Funny how you Christians scream your morality is superior when many of you Christians, who demand we others live up to your morality? Cannot even abide by it. But hey, if you Christians want us to practice Christian morality? Then I guess we should start just butchering Christians like Christians, in their justified morality has done unto others?

Christians Being Violent Psychos Against Abortion Providers and Clinics

Acts of violence and murder perpetrated by Christians against abortion providers and clinics.

The National Abortion Federation has been compiling statistics on incidents of violence and disruption against abortion providers since 1977. Our comprehensive database is an invaluable resource that enables us to detect changes in the patterns and trends in anti-abortion activities.

Here is a link to the National Abortion Federation Website
https://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/violence/violence-statistics-and-history/

The statistics in this table are compiled by NAF from reports from our member clinics, the news media, and other pro-choice organizations. The actual number of incidents is likely much higher in most categories.

Acts of Extreme Violence: Extreme violence has the potential to destroy clinics and harm the lives of clinic staff.

11/2015ColoradoMURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER (SHOOTING)Officer Garrett Swasey, Ke’Arre Stewart, and Jennifer Markovsky were killed when a gunman entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and held staff and patients hostage. Nine other people were injured in the attack. Robert Lewis Dear has been charged with murder and attempted murder and is in custody.
10/2015CaliforniaARSONOpen
9/2015WashingtonARSONOpen
8/2015LouisianaARSONOpen
7/2015IllinoisARSONOpen
11/2014AlabamaARSONOpen
3/2013MontanaVANDALISM$500,000Zachery Klundt severely vandalized and destroyed a clinic in Kalispell, Montana. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison and ordered to pay $642,477.29 in restitution, plus about an additional $27,000 to other parties.
1/2012FloridaARSONBobby Joe Rogers was sentenced to 10 years for arson and damaging a reproductive health facility.
5/2012GeorgiaARSONOpen
5/2012GeorgiaARSONOpen
5/2012MissouriATTEMPTED ARSONJedediah Stout pled guilty to is charged with attempted arson and violating the FACE Act. He was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment for these and other crimes.
4/2012WisconsinARSON
5/2011WisconsinATTEMPTED MURDERRalph Lang was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Lang admitted to police that he planned to shoot abortion providers at a nearby Planned Parenthood the next day. Lang was also sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision.
7/2011TexasARSONOpen
8/2011MichiganBOMBINGOpen
5/2009KansasMURDERDr. George Tiller was shot and killed in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder confessed to the murder and was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 50 years.
2/2008CaliforniaATTEMPTED ARSONOpen
12/2007New MexicoARSONMore than $1,000,000Chad Altman and Sergio Baca pled guilty to conspiracy to commit arson. Altman was sentenced to 40-months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $796,531.92. Baca was sentenced to 46-months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $796,531.92.
5/2007VirginiaARSONRemains open
7/2005FloridaARSONRemains open
1/2005WashingtonARSON$500,000Remains open
7/2004FloridaARSONRemain open
1/2004FloridaARSONRemains open
9/2003IndianaARSON$2,000Remains open
5/2003FloridaARSONRemains open
1/2003IllinoisARSONRemains open
6/2002TexasARSONRemains open
6/2001WashingtonARSONRemains open
6/2001WashingtonBOMB$6,000Remains open
4/2001KentuckyARSONRemains open
7/2000VancouverSTABBING
5/2000New HampshireARSON$20,000Remains open
4/2000KentuckyARSONRemains open
4/2000FloridaARSON$2-3,000Remains open
8/1999New HampshireARSONApprox. $20,000Remains open
7/1999CaliforniaARSONMinimal damage to the clinic. Approx $100,000 damage to the building housing the clinic.Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams pled guilty and were sentenced to 21-30 years in jail for this fire and three synagogue arsons.
5/1999New MexicoARSON$5,000Ricky Lee McDonald pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in jail.
4/1999WisconsinARSON$500Remains open
3/1999WisconsinARSON$1,000Peter Quinn, 17, admitted to this arson. He is being charged in state court as an adult. He was sentenced as an adult to 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 years’ probation.
3/1999WisconsinARSONMinimalPeter Quinn, 17, admitted to this arson. He is being charged in state court as an adult. He was sentenced as an adult to 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 years’ probation.
3/1999South DakotaARSONMinimalMartin Uphoff was convicted of using explosives during a felony, and vandalism to a facility providing health care services (a FACE charge). Uphoff was sentenced to 60 months for the felony and 6 months for the FACE charge, to be served concurrently.
3/1999New MexicoARSON$3,000Ricky Lee McDonald pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in jail.
3/1999North CarolinaBOMBMinimalRemains open
10/1998New YorkMURDERDr. Barnett Slepian was shot and killed in his home in Amherst, New York. James Kopp was convicted of second-degree murder in state court and received the maximum sentence of twenty-five years to life in prison. He was also convicted and sentenced to life on federal charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$200Remains open
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$17,000Remains open
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$7,000Remains open
7/1998TexasACIDUnknown
7/1998LouisianaACIDUnknown
7/1998LouisianaACID$13,000
7/1998LouisianaACIDUnknown
7/1998LouisianaACIDUnknown
7/1998TexasACIDUnknown
7/1998TexasACIDUnknown
7/1998TexasACIDUnknown
7/1998LouisianaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACID$3,000
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
5/1998FloridaACIDUnknown
3/1998CaliforniaARSON$5,000Remains open
1/1998AlabamaBOMB$85,000Officer Robert Sanderson was killed during a clinic bombing in Birmingham, AL. Emily Lyons, a nurse at the clinic was severely injured in the blast. Eric Robert Rudolph pled guilty and is serving a life sentence for the bombings at Olympic Park, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics including the Birmingham clinic.
12/1997New YorkARSONMinimalRemains open
11/1997ManitobaSHOOTINGDr. Jack Fainman was shot and injured in his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. James Kopp is a suspect in the shooting.
10/1997New YorkSHOOTINGAn unnamed physician was shot at in his home in Rochester, New York. James Kopp is a suspect in the shooting.
10/1997OregonARSON$5,000Remains open
8/1997AlabamaARSON$250,000Remains open
5/1997WashingtonARSON$1,500Remains open
5/1997OregonARSON$400,000Remains open
3/1997CaliforniaBOMB$1,000Container of flammable liquid thrown through the window.
3/1997IowaBOMBUnknownRemains open
3/1997MontanaBOMB$2,000JohnYankowski apprehended at clinic; convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
3/1997North CarolinaBOMB$50,000Remains open
3/1997CaliforniaARSONUnknownPeter Howard, a local activist, put 13 gas cans and 3 propane tanks in his truck and drove it thru the clinic door. He was caught on the scene, pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 yrs in prison and fined $16, 320.87 for damages and restitution.
2/1997VirginiaARSON$25,000James Anthony Mitchell of VA pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years in jail in September 1997.
1/1997OklahomaARSON$7,000A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
1/1997OklahomaBOMB$2,500A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
1/1997GeorgiaBOMB$90,000+2 explosions. Eric Robert Rudolph is serving a life sentence for the bombings at Olympic Park, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics including the Georgia clinic.

Acts of Murder and Attempted Murder by Christians against abortion providers

Anti-abortion extremists perpetrated an unprecedented level of violence in 1993 with the first murder of an abortion provider. Dr. David Gunn was shot and killed by a zealot in Pensacola, FL. Since that time, anti-abortion extremists have murdered or attempted to murder numerous other individuals who were involved in reproductive health care.

11/2015ColoradoOfficer Garrett Swasey, Jennifer Markovsky, and Ke’Arre Stewart were shot and killed when an attacker entered a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Robert Lewis Dear has been charged with murder and attempted murder and is in custody.
5/2009KansasDr. George Tiller was shot and killed in his church in Wichita, Kansas. Anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder confessed to the murder and was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 50 years.
10/1998New YorkDr. Barnett Slepian was shot and killed in his home in Amherst, New York. James Kopp was convicted of second-degree murder in state court and received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison. He was also convicted and sentenced to life on federal charges of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
1/1998AlabamaOfficer Robert Sanderson was killed during a clinic bombing in Birmingham, AL. Emily Lyons, a nurse at the clinic was severely injured in the blast. Eric Robert Rudolph pled guilty and is serving a life sentence for the bombings at Olympic Park, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics including the Birmingham clinic.
11/1997ManitobaDr. Jack Fainman was shot and injured in his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. James Kopp was suspected in the shooting but not charged.
10/1997New YorkAn unnamed physician was shot at in his home in Rochester, New York. James Kopp was suspected in the shooting but never charged.
11/1995OntarioDr. Hugh Short was shot and injured in his home in Ancaster, Ontario. James Kopp was charged with attempted murder in the shooting, but those charges were later dropped.
12/1994MassachusettsShannon Lowney and Leanne Nichols were shot and killed by John Salvi at two clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts. Five others were injured in the attacks. Salvi was sentenced to two life terms but committed suicide in prison in November 1996.
11/1994VancouverDr. Garson Romalis was shot and seriously wounded in his home in Vancouver, British Columbia. James Kopp was suspected in the shooting.
7/1994FloridaDr. John Bayard Britton and his escort, James H. Barrett were shot and killed in front of a clinic in Pensacola, Florida by Paul J. Hill. June Barrett was also shot and injured in the incident. Hill was executed by lethal injection on September 3, 2003.
8/1993KansasDr. George Tiller was shot and injured by Rachelle u201cShelleyu201d Shannon at his clinic in Wichita, Kansas. Shannon was sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder. She is still in prison serving additional prison time for six arsons and two butyric acid attacks.
3/1993FloridaDr. David Gunn was shot to death by Michael Griffin in Pensacola, Florida. Griffin is serving a life sentence for murder.

Acts of Violence by Christians against abortion clinics Arsons and Bombings

Arsons and bombings at clinics can cause widespread destruction. Over 200 of these crimes have been committed against reproductive health care clinics since the mid-1970s.

5/2016CaliforniaARSONPolice investigated the incident as an arson. No arrests were made.
10/2015CaliforniaARSONOpen
9/2015WashingtonARSONOpen
8/2015LouisianaARSONOpen
7/2015IllinoisARSONOpen
11/2014AlabamaARSONOpen
5/2012GeorgiaARSONOpen
5/2012GeorgiaARSONOpen
5/2012MissouriARSONJedediah Stout pled guilty to is charged with attempted arson and violating the FACE Act. He was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment for these and other crimes.
4/2012WisconsinARSONFrancis Grady was sentenced to 11 years for arson of a Planned Parenthood facility in Grand Chute, WI.
1/2012FloridaARSONBobby Joe Rogers was sentenced to 10 years for arson and damaging a reproductive health facility.
8/2011MichiganBOMBINGOpen
7/2011TexasARSONOpen
12/2007New MexicoARSONChad Altman and Sergio Baca pled guilty to conspiracy to commit arson. Altman was sentenced to 40-months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $796,531.92. Baca was sentenced to 46-months incarceration, 3 years supervised release, and restitution in the amount of $796,531.92.
5/2007VirginiaARSONRemains open
7/2005FloridaARSONRemains open
1/2005WashingtonARSON$500,000Remains open
7/2004FloridaARSONRemain open
1/2004FloridaARSONRemains open
9/2003IndianaARSON$2,000Remains open
5/2003FloridaARSONRemains open
1/2003IllinoisARSONRemains open
6/2002TexasARSONRemains open
6/2001WashingtonBOMB$6,000Remains open
6/2001WashingtonARSONRemains open
4/2001KentuckyARSONRemains open
5/2000New HampshireARSON$20,000Remains open
4/2000KentuckyARSONRemains open
4/2000FloridaARSON$2-3,000Remains open
8/1999New HampshireARSONApprox. $20,000Remains open
7/1999CaliforniaARSONMinimal damage to the clinic. Approx $100,000 damage to the building housing the clinic.Benjamin Matthew Williams and James Tyler Williams pled guilty and were sentenced to 21-30 years in jail for this fire and three synagogue arsons.
5/1999New MexicoARSON$5,000Ricky Lee McDonald pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in jail.
4/1999WisconsinARSON$500Remains open
3/1999South DakotaARSONMinimalMartin Uphoff was convicted of using explosives during a felony, and vandalism to a facility providing health care services (a FACE charge). Uphoff was sentenced to 60 months for the felony and 6 months for the FACE charge, to be served concurrently.
3/1999New MexicoARSON$3,000Ricky Lee McDonald pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in jail.
3/1999WisconsinARSONMinimalPeter Quinn, 17, admitted to this arson. He is being charged in state court as an adult.He was sentenced as an adult to 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 years’ probation.
3/1999North CarolinaBOMBMinimalRemains open
3/1999WisconsinARSON$1,000Peter Quinn, 17, admitted to this arson. He is being charged in state court as an adult.He was sentenced as an adult to 5 years’ imprisonment and 5 years’ probation.
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$17,000Remains open
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$7,000Remains open
9/1998North CarolinaARSON$200Remains open
3/1998CaliforniaARSON$5,000Remains open
12/1997New YorkARSONMinimalRemains open
10/1997OregonARSON$5,000Remains open
8/1997AlabamaARSON$250,000Remains open
5/1997OregonARSON$400,000Remains open
5/1997WashingtonARSON$1,500Remains open
3/1997MontanaBOMB$2,000John Yankowski apprehended at clinic; convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
3/1997CaliforniaBOMB$1,000Container of flammable liquid thrown through the window.
3/1997CaliforniaARSONUnknownPeter Howard, a local activist, put 13 gas cans and 3 propane tanks in his truck and drove it thru the clinic door. He was caught on the scene, pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 yrs in prison and fined $16, 320.87 for damages and restitution.
3/1997IowaBOMBUnknownRemains open
3/1997North CarolinaBOMB$50,000Remains open
2/1997VirginiaARSON$25,000James Anthony Mitchell of VA pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten years in jail in September 1997.
1/1997GeorgiaBOMB$90,000+2 explosions. Eric Robert Rudolph is serving a life sentence for the bombings at Olympic Park, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics including the Georgia clinic.
1/1997OklahomaARSON$7,000A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
1/1997OklahomaBOMB$2,500A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
11/1996MissouriARSON$75,000A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
9/1996OklahomaBOMB$1,000A juvenile was convicted in this and other arsons and bombings. Name sealed due to age.
7/1996WashingtonBOMB$50,000Brian Rattigan, Verne Jay Merrell, Charles Barbee and Robert Berry were convicted of conspiring in the bombing of the clinic and a bank robbery.
7/1996IdahoARSON$50,000Remains open
5/1996IdahoARSON$400Remains open
11/1995FloridaARSON$100Remains open
11/1995FloridaARSON$400Remains open
9/1995WyomingARSON$50,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
8/1995FloridaARSON$100,000Remains open
8/1995FloridaARSON$40,000Remains open
8/1995OregonARSON$200Remains open
5/1995OhioBOMBMinimalRemains open
3/1995VirginiaARSONunder $5,000Jennifer Spearle and Ryan Clark Martin were convicted.
2/1995CaliforniaARSON$500Remains open
2/1995CaliforniaARSON$300Remains open
2/1995CaliforniaARSON$50,000Remains open
2/1995CaliforniaARSONMinimalRemains open
2/1995New MexicoARSON$5,000Ricky Lee McDonald arrested by Services ATF 2/24/95 and convicted.
2/1995VirginiaARSON$500Remains open
2/1995CaliforniaARSON$1,000Remains open
1/1995PennsylvaniaARSONunknownRemains open
1/1995New MexicoARSONMinimalRicky Lee McDonald arrested by ATF 2/24/95 and convicted.
12/1994KansasARSON$3,000Remains open
12/1994VirginiaARSON$400Jennifer Spearle and Ryan Clark Martin were convicted.
12/1994South DakotaARSON$1,000Remains open
11/1994CaliforniaBOMBMinimalRemains open
10/1994CaliforniaARSON$500Remains open
10/1994MontanaARSON$100,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
10/1994CaliforniaARSON$35,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
10/1994CaliforniaARSON$3,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
8/1994MinnesotaARSON$373,000Remains open
8/1994OhioARSON$100Remains open
7/1994VirginiaARSON$10,000Remains open
12/1993New YorkARSON$150Janet Smith was arrested for throwing two molotov cocktails.
11/1993PennsylvaniaARSON$500Remains open
10/1993TexasARSON$20,000On 3/14/94, Joshua Graff pled guilty & was sentenced to 39 months in prison.
9/1993PennsylvaniaARSON$130,000Remains open
9/1993IllinoisARSON$7,500Remains open
9/1993CaliforniaARSON$1.4 millionRemains open
9/1993CaliforniaBOMB$1,000Remains open
8/1993FloridaARSON$500,000Remains open
5/1993IdahoARSON$100,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
5/1993OregonARSON$5,000Remains open
3/1993MontanaARSON$100,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
2/1993FloridaARSON$70,000Remains open
2/1993TexasARSON$625,000Remains open
12/1992CaliforniaARSON$50,000Remains open
11/1992CaliforniaARSON$175,000Rachelle Shannon pled guilty on 6/7/95 to 6 arson incidents and 2 acid incidents. Shannon was convicted of attempted murder of Dr. Tiller of Wichita, KS.
11/1992IllinoisARSON$2,500Remains open
9/1992New MexicoARSON$500Remains open
9/1992VirginiaARSON$25,000Remains open
9/1992OregonARSON$1,000+Rachelle Shannon pled guilty on 6/7/95 to 6 arson incidents and 2 acid incidents. Shannon was convicted of attempted murder of Dr. Tiller of Wichita, KS.
9/1992NevadaARSON$600Michael Andrew Fix was arrested on 9/28/92 by NV State Police. He was convicted in state court and sentenced to 2 years in prison.
9/1992NevadaARSON$5,000Michael Andrew Fix was arrested on 9/28/92 by NV State Police. He was convicted in state court and sentenced to 2 years in prison
8/1992NevadaARSONMinimalMichael Andrew Fix was arrested on 9/28/92 by NV State Police. He was convicted in state court and sentenced to 2 years in prison.
8/1992OregonARSON$2,500Rachelle Shannon pled guilty on 6/7/95 to 6 arson incidents and 2 acid incidents. Shannon was convicted of attempted murder of Dr. Tiller of Wichita, KS.
8/1992CaliforniaARSON$5,000Rachelle Shannon pled guilty on 6/7/95 to 6 arson incidents and 2 acid incidents. Shannon was convicted of attempted murder of Dr. Tiller of Wichita, KS.
7/1992CaliforniaARSON$9,000Remains open
6/1992CaliforniaARSON$70,000In October 1997, Richard Thomas Andrews was indicted for setting three fires to clinics in Redding and Chico.
5/1992TorontoARSONRemains open
3/1992North DakotaARSON$2,000Remains open
3/1992OregonARSON$225,000Rachelle Shannon pled guilty on 6/7/95 to 6 arson incidents and 2 acid incidents. Shannon was convicted of attempted murder of Dr. Tiller of Wichita, KS.
3/1992OhioARSON$1,000Remains open
1/1992TexasARSON$300,000Remains open
1/1992MontanaARSON$75,000Attributed to Richard Andrews though he was not charged due to statute of limitations.
11/1991FloridaARSONMinimalRemains open
8/1991North CarolinaARSON$50,000Remains open
5/1991AlabamaARSON$80,000Remains open
3/1991New JerseyARSON$500,000Alan Weiselberg pled guilty to insurance and mail fraud. It was a prosecutorial decision not to prosecute on the arson charges.
3/1991North CarolinaARSONMinimalRobert Hugh Farley arrested 3/91. Committed to mental institution.
3/1991North CarolinaARSON$100,000Robert Hugh Farley arrested 3/91. Committed to mental institution.
2/1991OhioARSON$250,000Remains open
2/1991ArizonaARSON$300Remains open
2/1991OhioBOMB$10,000Remains open
11/1990IndianaARSON$10,000Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1990MassachusettsARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
9/1990CaliforniaARSON$50,000David Brian Martin arrested for burglary; authorities ruled case not abortion-related.
8/1990WashingtonBOMB$400Closed under statute of limitations.
7/1990CaliforniaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
7/1990CaliforniaARSON$30,000Closed under statute of limitations.
5/1990OregonARSON$15,000Daniel J. Carver indicted by state 6/1/90. Apprehended and pled guilty. Sentenced to three years in prison.
5/1990New YorkARSONMinimalShari DiNicola, arrested 5/28/90. Self-committed to mental institution. State will not prosecute
3/1990ArizonaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
12/1989MissouriARSON$100,000Two juveniles arrested on state juvenile charges for vandalism.
10/1989New JerseyARSONMinimalMarjorie Reed pled guilty to this and multiple other arson charges in 1992.
9/1989MichiganBOMB$300Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1989PennsylvaniaARSON$5,000Closed under statute of limitations.
7/1989New HampshireARSON$1,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1989FloridaARSON$50,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1989TennesseeARSON$12,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1989FloridaARSON$60,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1989FloridaARSON$50,000Closed under statute of limitations.
12/1988TexasARSON$25,000Closed under statute of limitations.
12/1988TexasARSON$2,000Closed under statute of limitations.
12/1988TexasARSON$65,000Closed under statute of limitations.
10/1988CaliforniaARSON$50,000Shannon Taylor convicted in state and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
6/1988CaliforniaARSONMinimalShannon Taylor convicted and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
12/1987AlabamaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
10/1987MinnesotaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
9/1987MinnesotaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
9/1987MinnesotaARSON$5,000Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1987MinnesotaARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
8/1987North DakotaARSON$500Scott Garman pled guilty. Sentenced to 2 months in prison, 2 years probation, and $215 fine. A juvenile was tried in state court and sentenced to two years deferred sentence and 100 hours community service.
7/1987CaliforniaBOMBMinimalDorman Owens, Joanne Kreipel, Cheryl Sullinger, Randy Sullinger, Chris Harmon, Robin Harmon and Erick Svelmoe were convicted of conspiracy and were given sentences ranging from 149 days to five years.
6/1987OhioARSON$1,000Marjorie Reed pled guilty to this and multiple other arson charges in 1992. She served 5 years and was released in September 1997.
3/1987OhioARSON$1,000Marjorie Reed pled guilty to this and multiple other arson charges in 1992. She served 5 years and was released in September 1997.
1/1987MinnesotaARSON$1,500Mark J. Bundlie confessed to arson. Committed indefinitely to state institution.
1/1987IllinoisARSONMinimalDavid Holman pled guilty. Received 18 months imprisonment and 3 years probation.
12/1986CaliforniaARSON$35,000Frederick Gordan Tipps arrested. Pled guilty to arson to cover burglary.
12/1986New YorkBOMBMinimalIn connection with this and other New York bombings, Dennis John Malvasi pled guilty to 3 counts & received five years in prison; Carl Cenera pled guilty and received three years in prison; Frank Wright, Jr., pled guilty and received two years in prison.
12/1986MichiganARSON$750,000Closed under statute of limitations.
12/1986IllinoisARSONMinimalDavid Holman pled guilty. Received 18 months imprisonment and 3 years probation.
11/1986IllinoisARSONMinimalDavid Holman pled guilty. Received 18 months imprisonment and 3 years probation.
10/1986New YorkBOMB$10,000In connection with this and other New York bombings, Dennis John Malvasi pled guilty to 3 counts & received five years in prison; CarlCenera pled guilty and received three years in prison; Frank Wright, Jr., pled guilty and received two years in prison.
6/1986MissouriARSON$100,000Closed under statute of limitations.
6/1986KansasBOMB$100,000Closed under statute of limitations.
5/1986OhioARSON$200,000Marjorie Reed pled guilty to this and multiple other arson charges in 1992. She served 5 years in prison and was released in September 1997.
12/1985OhioARSON$75,000+John Brockhoeft pled guilty to one count arson in connection with multiple cases. Sentenced to 7 years in prison. Released in 1995.
12/1985OhioARSON$35,000John Brockhoeft pled guilty to one count arson in connection with multiple cases. Sentenced to 7 years in prison. Released in 1995.
12/1985New YorkBOMBMinimalIn connection with this and other NY bombings, Dennis John Malvasi pled guilty to 3 counts and received 5 years in prison; Carl Cenera pled guilty and received 3 years in prison; Frank Wright, Jr., pled guilty and received 2 years in prison. Donald C. pryor, Jr. pled guilty but died before sentencing.
12/1985OhioARSON$20,000Marjorie Reed pled guilty to this and multiple other arson charges in 1992. She served 5 years in prison and was released in September 1997.
10/1985LouisianaARSON$20,000Brent Paul Braud, Derrick James Jarreau, John David Newchurch, and Charles Albert Cheshire Jr. each pled guilty to one count. Braud and Jarreau were sentenced to 2 years in prison and a $50 special assessment Newchurch was sentenced to 5 years, subject to review after a psychiatric exam.
10/1985LouisianaARSON$300,000Brent Paul Braud, Derrick James Jarreau, John David Newchurch, and Charles Albert Cheshire Jr. each pled guilty to one count. Braud and Jarreau were sentenced to 2 years in prison and a $50 special assessment. Newchurch was sentenced to 5 years, subject to review after a psychiatric exam. Cheshire was sentenced to 5 years and ordered to pay $314,000 in restitution.
10/1985North CarolinaARSON$75,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1985CaliforniaARSON$10,000Shane Cameron arrested. Convicted on unrelated arson charges.
2/1985TexasARSON$1,500,000Closed under statute of limitations.
1/1985Washington, DCBOMB$100,000+Kenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks.
12/1984FloridaBOMB$100,000+Matthew Goldsby and James Simmons convicted in U.S. District Court; sentenced to 10 years in prison and $353,073.66 in fines. (Assessed only $350). Kathren Simmons and Kaye Wiggins convicted for conspiracy, received 5 years probation and $2,000 in fines. (Assessed only $50).
12/1984FloridaBOMB$225,000+Matthew Goldsby and James Simmons convicted in U.S. District Court; sentenced to 10 years in prison and $353,073.66 in fines. (Assessed only $350). Kathren Simmons and Kaye Wiggins convicted for conspiracy, received 5 years probation and $2,000 in fines. (Assessed only $50).
12/1984FloridaBOMB$100,000+Matthew Goldsby and James Simmons convicted in U.S. District Court; sentenced to 10 years in prison and $353,073.66 in fines. (Assessed only $350). Kathren Simmons and Kaye Wiggins convicted for conspiracy, received 5 years probation and $2,000 in fines.
12/1984MarylandBOMB$150,000Kenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution. Michael Bray entered Alford plea, in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would be found guilty if tried, and was sentenced to six years.
11/1984MarylandBOMB$300,000Kenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution.
11/1984Washington, DCBOMBMinimalKenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution. Michael Bray entered Alford plea, in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would be found guilty if tried, and was sentenced to six years.
11/1984MarylandBOMB$50,000Kenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution.
11/1984TexasARSON$400,000Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1984GeorgiaARSON$8,000+Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1984CaliforniaARSON$125,000+Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1984GeorgiaARSON$5,000Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1984TexasARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
9/1984TexasARSONMinimalClosed under statute of limitations.
9/1984TexasARSON$90,000Closed under statute of limitations.
9/1984TexasARSON$10,000Closed under statute of limitations.
8/1984TexasARSON$30,000Closed under statute of limitations.
7/1984MarylandBOMB$50,000+Kenneth Shields and Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution.
7/1984Washington, DCBOMB$40,000Kenneth Shields & Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution.
6/1984FloridaBOMB$200,000Matthew Goldsby and James Simmons were arrested. U.S. Attorney declined to prosecute because of changes in insanity law. Both men and their girlfriends were prosecuted and convicted in district court. See 12/84 Florida cases.
5/1984OregonARSON$1,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1984WashingtonARSON$55,000Curtis Beseda convicted in U.S. District Court; received two consecutive 10-year terms, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay $295,000 in restitution.
3/1984WashingtonARSON$10,000Curtis Beseda convicted in U.S. District Court; received two consecutive 10-year terms, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay $295,000 in restitution.
3/1984WashingtonARSON$70,000Curtis Beseda convicted in U.S. District Court; received two consecutive 10-year terms, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay $295,000 in restitution.
2/1984MarylandARSON$100,000Kenneth Shields & Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and $55,000 in restitution. Michael Bray entered Alford plea, in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would be found guilty if tried, and was sentenced to six years.
2/1984VirginiaARSON$1,000Kenneth Shields & Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and $55,000 in restitution. Michael Bray entered Alford plea, in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would be found guilty if tried, and was sentenced to six years.
1/1984DelawareARSON$100,000Kenneth Shields & Thomas Spinks pled guilty to conspiracy in connection with this and 9 other cases. Shields received 15 years and $55,000 in restitution. Michael Bray entered Alford plea, in which the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would be found guilty if tried, and was sentenced to six years.
12/1983WashingtonARSON$45,000Curtis Beseda convicted in U.S. District Court; received two consecutive 10-year terms, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay $295,000 in restitution.
5/1983VirginiaARSON$250,000Joseph Grace convicted in state court. Regarding this and other arson charges, he was sentenced to 10-20 years in Virginia state prison. Scheduled for release: April, 1999.
10/1982New JerseyARSON$100,000+Closed under statute of limitations.
6/1982VirginiaBOMB$18,000Don Benny Anderson & Matthew Moore convicted in state court. Both pled guilty and received 30 years, to be served consecutively with 30-year sentence received by Anderson, Matthew Moore and brother Wayne Moore for kidnapping of Illinois physician and his wife.
5/1982FloridaARSON$340,000Don Benny Anderson & Matthew Moore convicted in state court. Both pled guilty and received 30 years, to be served consecutively with 30-year sentence received by Anderson, Matthew Moore and brother Wayne Moore for kidnapping of Illinois physician and his wife.
5/1982FloridaARSON$122,000Don Benny Anderson & Matthew Moore convicted in state court. Both pled guilty and received 30 years, to be served consecutively with 30-year sentence received by Anderson, Matthew Moore and brother Wayne Moore for kidnapping of Illinois physician and his wife.
1/1982IllinoisARSON$100,000+Closed under statute of limitations.
4/1981MichiganARSON$30,000Closed under statute of limitations.
2/1979New YorkARSON$100,000+Peter Burkin entered clinic during working hours, set it on fire and injured himself, risking staff & patientsu00d5 lives. Acquitted of attempted murder and arson; found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of arson and reckless endangerment.
6/1978IowaBOMBUnknownClosed under statute of limitations.
6/1978OhioBOMBUnknownClosed under statute of limitations.
5/1978VermontBOMBUnknownClosed under statute of limitations.
2/1978OhioARSONUnknownClosed under statute of limitations.
2/1978OhioBOMB$3,000Closed under statute of limitations.
2/1978OhioARSON$200,000Closed under statute of limitations.
2/1978OhioARSON$100,000+Closed under statute of limitations. (Man entered clinic, blinded a technician by throwing chemicals, and set center on fire, destroying it. Clinic was full of patients at the time; they escaped without injury).
11/1977OhioARSON$4,000Closed under statute of limitations.
8/1977NebraskaARSON$35,000Closed under statute of limitations.
5/1977VermontARSON$100,000+Closed under statute of limitations.
2/1977MinnesotaARSON$250,000Closed under statute of limitations.
3/1976OregonARSON$19,000Joseph C. Stockett was convicted and served two years in prison.

Acts of Violence by Christians against abortion providers and clinics: Butyric Acid Attacks

Butyric acid is a clear, colorless liquid with an unpleasant, rancid, vomit-like odor. Anti-abortion extremists began using butyric acid as a weapon against abortion facilities in early 1992. The goal of introducing butyric acid into a clinic is to disrupt services, close the clinic, and harass patients and staff. Depending on the amount used and how it is introduced into the clinic, butyric acid can cause thousands of dollars of damage, requiring clinics to replace carpeting, furniture, and conduct extensive cleanup of the facility. In addition, even after cleanup, butyric acid’s smell leaves a reminder of the incident for months, and often years, to come.

There have been about 100 butyric acid attacks throughout the United States and Canada, causing in excess of $1 million in damages.

The table below contains fewer than 100 entries. This is because in many cases multiple clinics were targeted in the same city on the same day.

7/1998TexasUnknown
7/1998TexasUnknown
7/1998TexasUnknown
7/1998TexasUnknown
7/1998LouisianaUnknown
7/1998LouisianaUnknown
7/1998Louisiana$13,000
7/1998LouisianaUnknown
7/1998LouisianaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998Florida$3,000
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
5/1998FloridaUnknown
11/1996Alberta
5/1994Texas$1,000
5/1994New York$10,000
4/1994New York$60,000
4/1994Nebraska$1,000
2/1994IndianaMinor
2/1994Wisconsin$1,000
10/1993Colorado$1,000
8/1993Wisconsin$40,000
8/1993Wisconsin$10,000
5/1993Indiana$150,000
3/1993California$100,000+
3/1993Kansas$5,000
2/1993Texas$10,000
12/1992Florida$5,000
11/1992Texas$750
10/1992Louisianaunknown
10/1992Florida$3,000
10/1992Louisianaunknown
10/1992Alabama$25,000+
10/1992Texas$3,000
10/1992Louisiana$28,000
9/1992Michigan$40,000
9/1992Texas$500
9/1992Michigan$60,000
9/1992Michigan$13,000
9/1992California$7,000
9/1992Michigan$7,000
9/1992Nevada$2,000
7/1992Michigan$3,000
7/1992Ohio$20,000
6/1992Kansas$500
6/1992Illinois$5,000
6/1992Illinois$1,500
6/1992Illinois$2,000
5/1992Tennessee$200,000
4/1992Kentucky$800
4/1992Michigan$1,000
4/1992Michigan$5,000
3/1992Texas$25,000
3/1992Colorado$15,000
1/1991Ontario$1,000

Violence by Christians against abortion providers: Anthrax Attacks

Letters threatening anthrax poisoning were first used to terrorize and disrupt reproductive health care clinics in October 1998, just days after the murder of abortion provider Dr. Barnett Slepian. At that time, about a dozen clinics across the country received letters that claimed to contain anthrax toxin. They threatened that clinic personnel exposed to the letters would die. Since then, additional anthrax threat letters have been received by clinics in February and June 1999, January 2000, October and November 2001, and January 2002. As of January 2002, approximately 654 letters have been received by clinics across the United States.

Letters were postmarked from various places including Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, New York, and Washington, DC. Early letters contained no return addresses, but after law enforcement agents advised clinic personnel around the country to avoid opening mail from anonymous senders, letters started arriving with phony return addresses that included fictitious medical supply companies, the department of taxation, other clinics, law enforcement agencies, and pro-choice organizations.

While investigation has proven that none of the letters have actually contained anthrax toxin, virtually every case has resulted in frightening clinic staff and patients, disrupting services, and wasting valuable law enforcement resources.

The 554 letters sent via U.S. Mail and FedEx in 2001 have been attributed to anti-abortion extremist Clayton Waagner. Waagner was convicted in December 2003 of various charges including threatening the use of a weapon of mass destruction for sending the letters. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Suspicious mail guidelines from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (PDF file, 288K)

Chronology of Anthrax Threat Letters

199812
199935
200030
2001554
200223
20030
20041
20050
20060
20071
20083
20092
20104
20113
20127
20130
20141
20156
201636
Total718

The FBI Makes a Bizarre Claim About Pro-Choice Terrorism

The FBI Makes a Bizarre Claim About Pro-Choice Terrorism
By Spencer AckermanSenior Nat’l Security CorrespondentEmily ShugermanGender Reporter

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fbi-makes-a-bizarre-claim-about-pro-choice-terrorism

The bureau revamped its homegrown-terror efforts to include “people on either side” of the abortion debate. But there’s almost no evidence of pro-choice violence.

The FBI is expanding its focus on domestic terrorism, and that includes pro-choice violence—even though such violence is so vanishingly rare, it’s all but nonexistent. 

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that the bureau has recently “changed our terminology as part of a broader reorganization of the way in which we categorize our domestic terrorism efforts.” It’s part of a much-heralded reinvigoration of the bureau’s domestic terrorism focus after a rising tide of mostly white-supremacist terrorism.

Among four broad categories of domestic terrorism that the FBI confronts, Wray said, is “abortion violent extremism.” 

But Wray wasn’t only talking about the pro-life extremism that murders abortion providers in their churches, he hastened to add, but “people on either side of that issue who commit violence on behalf of different views on that topic.”

His questioner, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), was puzzled at Wray’s seeming equivalence: “People on either side of that issue don’t commit violence.” In fact, the FBI pointed The Daily Beast to just one episode of pro-choice-inspired terrorism—one that did not involve an actual act of violence, but rather a threat in an online comments section.

But Wray persisted: “Well, we’ve actually had a variety of kinds of violence under that, believe it or not. But at the end of the day.” Bass asked, “Really, that blow up buildings and threaten doctors?” Rather than responding, Wray moved on to detailing the FBI’s next domestic-terrorism category, one about “animal rights and environmental extremism.”

Wray’s comments weren’t the first instance of the bureau promoting the idea of pro-choice violence as a real threat. 

n 2017, the FBI distributed a brief “Abortion Extremism Reference Guide” at a counterterrorism training for local law enforcement, listing “pro-choice extremists” as a group of domestic terrorists. The document, first reported by Jezebel, claimed that these extremists “believe it is their moral duty to protect those who provide or receive abortion services”—though even this document noted that only one “pro-choice extremist” had ever been prosecuted. Additionally, an earlier FBI training document obtained by the ACLU in 2012 referenced pro-choice violence but did not “provide a single example of violence against abortion opponents,” the ACLU wrote. 

“Abortion violent extremism” of any sort accounts for a only small percentage of FBI domestic terrorism cases. Wray on Wednesday that the “top threat” of domestic terrorism comes from what he called “racially/ethnically motivated violent extremists.” Out of approximately 850 current cases that a senior FBI official cited in congressional testimony last May, about half concern anti-government extremism and another 40 percent concern racist terrorism. That leaves around 85 cases of violence motivated by animal rights, ecological degradation, abortion and miscellaneous cases. An FBI spokesperson confirmed the total caseload and the breakdown are still current.

But abortion extremism doesn’t have an “either side.” The primary case of pro-choice violent extremism that the FBI pointed The Daily Beast toward—the same one cited in the 2017 FBI document—is the 2012 conviction of Theodore Schulman, who had a long history of threatening anti-abortion activists. 

Schulman’s ultimate downfall was the result of posting a threat in the comments section of religious conservative outlet First Things: “if Roeder is acquitted, someone will respond by killing” Princeton’s Robert George and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, he wrote. That itself spoke to the discrepancy in violence between the two sides. “Roeder” was a reference to Scott Roeder, who murdered abortion provider George Tiller in the foyer of a Wichita church in 2009. 

Other instances of anti-abortion violence include a trio of bombings at Florida abortion clinics in 1985, a string of arson attacks on a Washington clinic in 1983, and a 2015 shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood that killed three. Between 1993 and today, anti-abortion activists murdered 11 people and attempted to kill another 26, according to the National Abortion Federation.

“Anti-choice violence as we know it is constant, pervasive, and escalating dramatically, and it threatens the civil liberties as well as the lives of our patents, our members, our society,” NAF President Katherine Ragsdale told The Daily Beast. 

Wray’s comments, she added, are a “danger to public perception.”

“It tars everyone with the same brush when in fact pro-choice folks simply are not doing this,” she said.

The Daily Beast has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI to document the extent of its focus on alleged pro-choice violent extremism.

“The bureau seems to be grasping a tiny number of unrelated incidents that are not part of any organized effort to falsely imply that such a ‘domestic terrorist’ movement exists.”

former FBI special agent Mike German

Mila Johns, a domestic terrorism researcher affiliated with the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), said violence was “very much lopsided in the other direction,” the anti-abortion side, and called Wray’s equivalence “a very political statement.” 

START maintains the Global Terrorism Database, which tracks terrorist attacks across the world since 1970. The database records about 300 incidents related to anti-abortion violence and none for pro-choice violence. However, an Austin woman in 2016 was charged with throwing a crude Molotov cocktail at anti-abortion protesters. And last year, an 85-year old anti-abortion protester in San Francisco was knocked to the ground after he attempted jamming the bicycle spokes of a man who appears to have stolen a pro-life group’s banner. 

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue—a radical anti-abortion group that moved its headquarters to Wichita, Kansas, specifically to target Dr. Tiller—said his movement has been on the receiving end of threats. He estimated he had made between 20 and 50 complaints to federal law enforcement over the last two decades, for everything from anthrax scares to online intimidation. Wichita resident Christopher Thompson, he noted, was sentenced to 12 months in jail last year for making menacing calls to Operation Rescue’s office and employees.

But when asked about specific instances of pro-choice violence, Newman cited only the murder of James Pouillon, an Operation Save America activist who was shot while protesting abortion outside a high school in 2009. (The judge in that case said the killer’s motivations were not tied to abortion.) Newman declined to give examples of abortion-rights violence of the scale and magnitude of that enacted by the anti-abortion movement. “You got your scorecard and I got mine,” he said. “All of them are terrible.”

The FBI’s position is that pro-choice activists and groups not concerned with violence don’t need to worry about the new domestic terrorism categorization. “We don’t investigate ideology or rhetoric or anything of that sort,” Wray testified. 

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment, but pointed to comments from the bureau’s former assistant director for counterterrorism, Mike McGarrity, from last June. “It is important to remember that in line with our mission to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States, no FBI investigation can be opened solely on the basis of First Amendment-protected activity,” McGarrity testified to a House panel in June. “Rather, domestic terrorism investigations on individuals are opened on the basis of information concerning the occurrence or threat of violent criminal actions by the individual in furtherance of an ideology.”

However, prior episodes during the 18-year-old war on terror show the FBI does not always hold a rigid distinction between ideology that isn’t to be investigated and violence that is. In 2011, its counterterrorism training at Quantico included instructional material that held Islam was an ideology, rather than a religion, with violence baked into its doctrines. The point of the training was to portray Islam itself as a threat to national security—which, for an investigative entity with broad domestic powers, was ominous enough for the Obama administration to order the training materials removed

Michael German, a former FBI special agent who investigated domestic terrorism, said the FBI was not only engaging in a false equivalence but “the manufacturing of an imaginary violent movement,” reminiscent of its now-discarded “black identity extremism” category.  

The bureau “seems to be grasping a tiny number of unrelated incidents that are not part of any organized effort to falsely imply that such a ‘domestic terrorist’ movement exists,” said German, now with the Brennan Center for Justice. “This is a misleading analysis of dubious purpose, apparently to satisfy some political constituency, which is not what an objective law enforcement agency should be doing.” 

But for some in the reproductive rights space, the threat posed by anti-abortion violence is enough that they are willing to accept dubious FBI categorization to ensure it gets investigated.

“Those of us in this movement have lost friends and family,” Ragsdale said. “By all means, investigate the escalating violence.”

“And if politics requires you to have a category that says pro-choice violence, go right ahead,” she added. “I’d be interested to see if anything ever pops up.”