Incident Summary:

3/1/1978: Unknown perpetrators set a fire at the Akron Women's Clinic in Akron, Ohio, United States. There were no casualties and the monetary extant of the damages are unknown.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Fire set in lavatory.

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 Akron Women's 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 Unknown
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 The fire was extinguished before it could cause major damage. Within a two month period, there were three other attacks against abortion facilities in Ohio. (197802180009, 197801080005, and 197802000006)
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.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.