Harassment of Abortion Providers
|•||In 1985, 47% of abortion providers were harassed.The most common types of harassment were: bomb threats; blocking entrances to prevent patients and staff from entering or leaving; mass scheduling of no-show appointments; invasion of facilities; property destruction; assault of staff and patients; jamming phone lines; death threats; tracing patients' license plate numbers; picketing the homes of staff members.|
|•||80% of all abortion providers have been picketed.|
|•||Between 1977 and 1988, there were 42 reported arson attacks on abortion providers, 37 attempted bombings and arson attacks, 216 bomb threats, 65 death threats, 2 kidnappings, 20 burglaries, 162 incidents of hate mail, and 220 incidents of vandalism. The violence has increased since 1983.|
|•||Targeted clinics experience higher security and legal costs and more lost leases and staff members. They have had their insurance cancelled, faced new license requirements, and had difficulty obtaining hospital back-up support.|
SOURCE: Facts on Reproductive Rigbts. A Resource Manual, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Fact Sheet #11, 1989; "Violence and Harassment at Clinics Providing Abortions", Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.