For more than 30 years anti-abortion extremists have attempted to use violence against abortion providers to advance their own personal and political agendas. They have injured and murdered health care workers across the country and intimidated and harassed patients who need reproductive health care.
Many of the key anti-abortion extremists who advocate and perpetrate violence against reproductive health care centers and abortion providers frequently travel across city, county, state, and international boundaries to participate in these activities. They are often in contact and work to assist each other by offering resources such as housing and funding.
The Army of God is an underground network of domestic terrorists who believe that the use of violence is an appropriate and acceptable means to ending abortion. More
Eric Robert Rudolph is serving a life sentence for the bombings at Olympic Park, a gay bar, and two abortion clinics. He was on the run from law enforcement officials and on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List for almost five years. Rudolph was captured and arrested on May 31, 2003 in Murphy, NC. More
James Kopp was convicted of the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian and sentenced to 25 years to life in May 2003. He was later also convicted on federal charges and sentenced to life without possibility of parole. He is a suspect in three non-fatal shootings of abortion providers in Canada. More
Clayton Waagner was indicted on 53 federal terrorism charges related to the hundreds of anthrax threat letters he sent to clinics across the country in the fall of 2001. On December 4, 2003 a jury took only about two and a half hours to convict Waagner on 51 of 53 counts of the indictment. The trial was held in Federal District Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More