Incident Summary:

9/7/1984: In a series of incidents that might have been related, unknown perpetrators threw a Molotov cocktail into the Women's Outpatient Clinic in Houston, Texas, United States. There were no casualties, but the health care facility sustained $10,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
North Freeway

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 Women's Outpatient 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 $10,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktail
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident occurred at 5:07 AM. This might have been part of a multiple attack with 198409070008 which took place around two hours earlier. There were two other attacks against health care centers in the Houston area during a three day period (198409080004 and 198409090005). Authorities believed that the material used to ignite the fire was purchased from the same place as the substance used in 198409090005.
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
Bonnie Britt, "Abortion Clinic Bombing Unsolved," Houston Chronicle, October 29, 1985.
"Abortion Clinic Attacks," Washington Post, January 6, 1985.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.