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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Donald M
Thomas M7 days ago

Thank you

Donald M
Thomas M7 days ago

Thank you

Eric J.
Eric J.6 years ago


Bartley Deason
Bartley Deason7 years ago

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.

Brianna B.
Brianna B7 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Jen Matheson
Past Member 7 years ago

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

Carole L.
Lowell L7 years ago

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!"

Ken W.
Ken W7 years ago

This is so bad !

Cynthia Blais
cynthia l7 years ago

it is terrorism

Dominic C.
Dominic C7 years ago

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.