Incident Summary:

8/18/1977: Unknown perpetrators firebombed the Ladies' Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. There were no casualties but the abortion clinic sustained $35,000 in damages. On the same day as the incident, an unsigned message was sent to the Omaha World-Herald stating, "You'd bomb a concentration camp, why not abortion centers."



United States

North America

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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 The Ladies' 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 $35,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
The firebomb was ignited using gasoline.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
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.
Herman Herst Jr., "Violence Enters Debate Over Abortion," Boca Raton News, May 15, 1978.
Spencer Rich, "Abortion Advocates Tell of Growing Violence," Washington Post, March 7, 1978.