Eugenics & Contraception, part 24

This post includes stories of terrorism and murder. 

​In June of 1984 two young men from the First Assembly of God congregation used pipe bombs to destroy a clinic in Pensacola, Florida. They were not arrested. On Christmas morning, the two men along with their wife and fiancée carried out simultaneous pipe bomb attacks on two OB/GYN offices and the new location of the clinic they had previously decimated. 

On July 4, Independence Day, a bomb exploded at the DC offices of the National Abortion Federation. Three days later another bomb went off at the Planned Parenthood office in Arlington, Virginia. A Houston, Texas clinic was attacked with a Molotov cocktail in August of 1984, preceding a spate of attacks in September. 

Over three days in early September three additional Houston clinics and one clinic in Webster, Texas were targeted for Molotov cocktail attacks. On September 13th clinics in Atlanta, Georgia and San Diego, California were hit by similar attacks, at roughly the same time. One week later on the 20th an arsonist threw a Molotov cocktail through the front window of a Marietta, Georgia clinic. 

The offices of two Houston obstetricians were ransacked in mid November.  On November 19, 1984 the Planned Parenthood offices in Rockville, Maryland and a women’s clinic in Wheaton, Maryland were bombed. On Christmas Eve two bombs exploded outside a Sutland, Maryland clinic. 

Clinics in Virginia and Washington DC were firebombed that year. A man claiming to represent Army of God contacted members of the media, wanting credit for the acts. “AoG” was written in graffiti on the walls of the Virginia clinic. In December of 1984 the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director William Webster declared that violence and property damage against clinics and staff did not meet the federal definition of terrorism, and was therefore not a federal interest. 

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