Incident Summary:

2/23/1977: Unknown perpetrators set fire to the Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained $250,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


St. Paul

Location Details:
The fire was started on the floor above the abortion clinic.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Planned Parenthood
Specific Description Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Clinic
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $250,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Flammable liquid poured on floors and ignited on fire.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This was the first arson reported against a Planned Parenthood facility in the United States. The attack was perpetrated against the only abortion clinic in the state of Minnesota. The facility had previously been vandalized several times. After the incident, abortion services at the facility were suspended for six months.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Abortion Clinic Damaged By Fire," New York Times, February 25, 1977.
Medical Care Research and Review, "Abortion Issue," Sage Publications, 1978.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.