Antiabortion Violence: 40 Years after Roe v. Wade

Please describe the title and purpose of your project as well as the goals and objectives of your research:

In this descriptive research, the objective is to present the basics of pro-choice modus operandi, basically the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) used by those anti-abortion extremists.  The following contributory questions concerning the attacks against the abortion clinics gave rise to this research:

  • Where do most of the attacks occur in the United States and Canada?
  • During which months, on which days and at which times do these attack take place?
  • Are the attacks against abortion clinics committed by any extremist groups or lone wolves (individuals with no connections to organizations or groups)?
  • What is the estimated damage? What type of extremist tactic does cause the most damages to the abortion clinics or medical facilities?

In answering these questions a better understanding of the violence perpetrated by anti-abortion extremists will be gained.


Highlight what you expect to achieve or learn from this project:

The research will produce a publication, (a possible journal article) along with a certain presentation at the upcoming ASC (American Society of Criminology) conference in Atlanta, GA in Fall 2013.

In addition, this research will help me to develop a better understanding of the methods used garner information of a sensitive nature. In particular, I will learn more about the violence against anti-abortion and gain an understanding of what it will take to change the mindset of persons involved in this violence.


Explain what methods you will use to answer your research questions:

For this research we intend to collect data using the electronic databases available at PACE library, specifically LexisNexis. This data will range from 1973 to 2013. Presently the data for 1973 to 2007 has been collected; therefore, we will update it from 2008 to 2013 along with looking at new categories of variables for the analyses.

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