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FBI Investigating Abortion Clinic Violence In Atlanta As Domestic Terrorism

FBI Investigating Abortion Clinic Violence In Atlanta As Domestic Terrorism


Within just a few months Georgia has had empty women’s health clinics that provide abortions burglarized and equipment stolen to arson investigations that doctors and lawmakers fear are connected to the contentious 20 week abortion ban passed during the 2012 legislative session.

Each of the four clinics targeted are linked to doctors who either visited the state Capitol or expressed concerns to lawmakers about the 20 week abortion ban. As Robin Marty reports, police are not yet willing to officially connect the violence targeting the clinics to a coordinated campaign targeting abortion clinics and providers, but they have brought in The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist with the investigation.

According to ATF spokesman Richard Coes, the Department is looking at the cases as possible acts of domestic terrorism or civil rights violations.

The federal authorities moved in after two clinic fires happened within just days of each other. The first fire happened on a Sunday morning and when the clinic was closed. The second fire though happened during the day, while the clinic was open and could have easily injured staff and patients at the clinic, not to mention innocent bystanders.

Clinics are taking the incidents very seriously. “We are concerned about the escalation and activity,” said Vicki Saporta, president of National Abortion Federation, which sent out notifications to all member clinics about the Atlanta incidents twice this week, urging them to take additional precautions. “It’s not a good sign when one arson follows another, after following several burglaries. Something clearly is escalating there and we’re hoping that the strong law enforcement so far can stop it.”

Even lawmakers who supported the ban believe these fires were specifically targeting doctors who opposed the ban. Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, who considers herself pro-life, is a veteran nurse opposed parts of the bill but eventually voted for an amended version believes the doctors were victims of retaliation. “I think the police are not political so they probably don’t see the connections,” Cooper said. “I hope they see it now.”

Violence against providers has dropped thanks in large part to a change in presidential administration and a Department of Justice willing to enforce civil rights laws designed to protect women and providers. The recent events in Atlanta remind us again why that federal presence remains so necessary.


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10:36PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

2:02PM PDT on May 28, 2012

So, Elaine!
"The only "Domestic" terrorism is what is happening inside these clinics...Not what goes on outside them!

Are YOU willing to murder those who disagree with you? Do you believe that abortion providers (doctors) should be killed? Is that what your loving, compassionate god asks of you?
Boy, the hatred that oozes from your loving, compassionate heart just astounds me.

11:38AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Thank you for the article.

10:03AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Yes, they need to call it domestec terriorisim. That's what it is!

9:54AM PDT on May 28, 2012

John M.
“Abstinence would solve,the initial problem...”

So would contraception and the anti-choicers staying out of ppl private choices between patient and drs.

Sandy E
“Let's get some laws that protect the unborn child. AND YES it is a child if it weren't then why would women abort it so they don't have a child?”

Well, you obviously don’t have the brain cells to understand why some women find such choices necessary. It’s legal, it’s private matter between a woman and her dr. so how would you anti-choicers feel if a pregnant woman was killed in a bombed clinic?

Elaine A
“The only "Domestic" terrorism is what is happening inside these clinics...Not what goes on outside them!”

N’yeeah, I hate it when women go to the clinics and explode thier uteruses.

Steven B
“You mean the mamograms and other cancer screenings are "acts of domestic terrorism" I heard mamograms could be uncomfortable but not to the point of causing terror.”

Those equate more to torture. ;) *Romney voice* "theses are pancakes!"

11:15PM PDT on May 27, 2012

This is so bad !

10:11PM PDT on May 27, 2012

it is terrorism

6:56PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Great that the FEDs are taking these matters seriously. This is not about terrorism but about civil rights violations as well. Perhaps we should not close GITMO, just yet and sent these people there so that they can experience what its like to be a terrorist.

6:08PM PDT on May 27, 2012

If you are anti-abortion, then take it upon yourself to open your home to pregnant teens or women with unintended pregnancies, and adopt the babies or offer child care. Or counsel men to use condoms or keep their pants zipped...

5:46PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Elaine A
You mean the mamograms and other cancer screenings are "acts of domestic terrorism" I heard mamograms could be uncomfortable but not to the point of causing terror. 99% of what goes on in these clinics are routine medical screenings and follow up visits so the innocents that also get targeted have nothing to do with your message of fear,hate and intimidation you foment by condoning these attacks. Hopefully the justice department will investigate the networks who support these terrorists too and take anyone who gives them aid and comfort into custody also. When one incites violence and murder, no matter how noble they THINK their crusade to be, they are just as culpable as those who pull the triggers, set the fires and trigger the bombs by aiding and abetting these terrorist thugs...

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