Incident Summary:

2/0/1978: Unknown perpetrators threw a chemical bomb into the Women for Women Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio, United, States. There were no casualties but the abortion facility sustained $3,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Women for Women 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 $3,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Explosive
Weapon Details
Bomb laced with a chemical warfare agent.
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 abortion clinic was shut down for nine days. Within a two month period, there were three other attacks against abortion facilities in Ohio. (197802180009, 197801080005, and 197803010017)
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
Herman Herst Jr., "Violence Enters Debate Over Abortion," Boca Raton News, May 15, 1978.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.