Terrorist attacks in the United States:
? March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally
shot during a protest. He had been the subject of wanted-style posters
distributed by Operation Rescue in the summer of the year before.
Michael F. Griffin was found guilty of Dr. Gunn's murder and was
sentenced to life in prison.
? June 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic
escort, were both shot outside of another facility in Pensacola. Rev.
Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings, received a death
sentence, and was executed September 3, 2003.
? December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann
Nichols, were killed when two separate clinics in Brookline,
Massachusetts and Norfolk, Virginia were both attacked on the same day.
John Salvi was later convicted. He committed suicide in prison and
guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied
around his head.
? January 29, 1998: Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who
worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama
died when his workplace was bombed. Eric Robert Rudolph, who was also
responsible for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, was charged
with the crime and received two life sentences as a result.
? October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot dead at his home in
Amherst, New York. His was the last in a series of similar shootings
against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all
likely committed by James Kopp. Kopp was convicted of Dr. Slepian's
murder after finally being apprehended in France in 2001.
? August 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller was shot outside of an abortion
facility in Wichita, Kansas. Shelly Shannon was charged with the crime
and received an 11-year prison sentence.
? June 29, 1994: June Barret was shot in the same attack which
claimed the lives of James Barrett, her husband, and Dr. John Britton.
? December 30, 1994: Five people were wounded in the same-day
shootings which killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
? December 18, 1996: Dr. Calvin Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana
was stabbed 15 times, losing 4 pints of blood. Donald Cooper was charged
with second-degree attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years.
? October 28, 1997: A physician whose name has not been revealed was
shot in his home in Rochester, New York.
? January 29, 1998: Emily Lyons, a nurse, was severely injured in
the bombing which also killed Robert Sanderson.
Since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed
against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91
attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidences of
trespassing, 1264 incidences of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric
acid. The first clinic arson occurred in Oregon in March 1976 and the
first bombing occurred in February 1978 in Ohio. More recent incidents
? October 1999: Martin Uphoff set fire to a Planned Parenthood
clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, causing US$00 worth of damage. He
was later sentenced to 60 months in prison.
? May 28, 2000: An arson at a clinic in Concord, New Hampshire on
resulted in damage estimated at US$0,000.
? June 11, 2001: A bombing at a clinic in Tacoma, Washington on
destroyed a wall, resulting in US$000 in damages
? July 4, 2005: A clinic Palm Beach, Florida was the target of an
? December 12, 2005: Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a
Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana. The device missed
the building and no damage was caused. In August 2006, Hughes was
sentenced to six years in prison, and Dunahoe to one year.
Not all targets were abortion clinics:
? Tennessee Williams was the victim of an assault in January 1979 in
Key West, being beaten by five teenage boys, but he was not seriously
injured. The episode was part of a spate of anti-gay violence inspired
by an anti-gay newspaper ad run by a local Baptist minister.
? The fatal stabbing of James Zappalorti, a gay Vietnam veteran
(1945 - 1990)
? The rape and later murder of Brandon Teena, a transsexual man
(1972 - 1993)
? The bombing of the Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub in
Atlanta, by Eric Robert Rudolph, the "Olympic Park Bomber," on February
21, 1997; five bar patrons were injured.
? The beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay student (1976 - 1998)
? The murder of PFC Barry Winchell on July 6, 1999. He was dating
Calpernia Addams, a transgendered author.
? The bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub by David Copeland in 1999
? One notorious incident of gay-bashing occurred on September 22,
2000. Ronald Gay entered a gay bar in Roanoke, Virginia and opened fire
on the patrons, killing Danny Overstreet and injuring six others. Ronald
said he was angry over what his name now meant, and deeply upset that
three of his sons had changed their surname. He claimed that he had been
told by God to find and kill lesbians and gay men, describing himself as
a "Christian Soldier working for my Lord".
? The killing of Gwen Araujo (nee Edward Araujo, Jr.), a transsexual
woman (1985 - 2002)
? The killing of Paul Broussard, a Houston-area banker (1968-1991)
? The beating death of Charlie Howard in 1984.
? On February 2, 2006, 18 year-old Jacob D. Robida allegedly entered
a bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts, confirmed that it was a gay bar,
and then attacked patrons with a gun and a hatchet, wounding at least
? On July 30, 2006, six men were brutally beaten after leaving the
San Diego, California Gay Pride festival. One of the gay men was beaten
so badly that he had to undergo extensive facial reconstructive surgery.
The attackers were all adults, except for a 15-year-old.
And then there were the bombings and arsons of churches with primarily
black congregations throughout the latter half of the 20th century...
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