Incident Summary:

5/1/1977: Unknown perpetrators set fire to the Vermont Women's Health Center in Burlington, Vermont, United States. There were no casualties but the building was destroyed resulting in over $100,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Vermont Women's Health Center downtown facility, Burlington
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 $100,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/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 As a result of the attack, the women's health center was closed for seven months. One year after this incident, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the same abortion clinic (197805150005).
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
Richard Boeth, Mary Lord, and Deborah Witherspoon, "Abortion: Getting Violent," Newsweek, March 13, 1978.
Ken Picard, "Potential Home for Women's Rape Crisis Center Hits Legal Snag," Seven Days, August 1, 2007.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.