Facts on Anti-Abortion Violence

National Clinic Violence Survey

In February 2017, the Feminist Majority Foundation released its 2016 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, dramatically increased from 19.7% of providers in the first half of 2014 to 34.2% of providers in the first half of 2016.
  • Half of clinics nationwide (49.5%) 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 2016.
  • Clinics that rated their experience with local law enforcement as "poor" or "fair" were significantly more likely to experience high levels of severe violence and harassment (47%) than those who rated local law enforcement "good" or "excellent" (16%).
  • The overwhelming majority of clinics (91.1%) report experiencing some type of anti-abortion activity in the first half of 2016, with 63.2% of providers experiencing activity at least once a week.

Percentage of Clinics Experiencing Targeted Intimidation of and Threats Against Doctors and Staff 2010-2016

Chart showing extreme violence towards  or intimidation of clinics

Read the full Feminist Majority Foundation 2016 National Clinic Violence Survey (PDF).

Previous National Clinic Violence Survey reports:

National Abortion Federation Statistics

The NAF statistics on violence against abortion providers document 7214 incidents of violence from 1977 to 2015. 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."

CNN's Research

CNN's brief history of anti-abortion violence, found that:

"Between 1973, when the Supreme Court decided abortion should be legal throughout the United States, and 2003, abortion providers have been the targets of more than 300 acts of extreme violence, including arson, bombings, murders and butyric acid attacks."

This statement is referencing research from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Abortion providers know the number is much higher.