Incident Summary:

2/22/1985: Unknown perpetrators set fire to the Women's Clinic of Mesquite in Mesquite, Texas, United States. Two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze. The abortion clinic was destroyed as well as twenty two other businesses located in the same shopping center. Total damages amounted to $1.5 million.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Seville One Shopping Center

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 Clinic of Mesquite
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $1,500,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline poured into waiting room and ignited on 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 ignited at 10:30 PM.
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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Christy Hoppe and Mark Edgar, "Abortion-Clinic Arson Stirs Fear of New Violence," Dallas Morning News, February 24, 1985.
"Arsonist Burns Dallas Abortion Clinic," Lodi News-Sentinel, February 25, 1985.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.