Incident Summary:

1/1/1985: Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray bombed the Hillcrest Women's Surgi-Center in Washington, D.C., United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained over $100,000 in damages. Twelve hours after the bomb detonated, a member claiming to be from the Army of God took credit for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Hillcrest Women's Surgi-Center
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
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 bomb detonated at 12:10 AM. At 12:45 PM, the Washington Times received a call from the Army of God claiming the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
"D.C. Clinic for Abortions Hit By Bomb," Baltimore Sun, January 2, 1985.
Margaret Engel and Lyle V. Harris, "Blast Spurs New Protests," Washington Post, January 2, 1985.
Ed Magnuson, Patricia Delaney, and B. Russell Leavitt, "Explosions Over Abortion," Time Magazine, January 14, 1985.