Incident Summary:

5/13/1986: Unknown perpetrators attempted to set a fire at the Northern Illinois Women's Center in Rockford, Illinois, United States. There were no casualties and it is unknown if the abortion clinic sustained any damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Northern Illinois Women's Center
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
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 This was one of five total attacks against the Northern Illinois Women's Center in seven month period (198610310007, 198611250003, 198612100008, and 198701060007). David Holman was convicted of setting three of the fires (198611250003, 198612100008, and 198703080007), but it is unknown if he was the perpetrator of this incident. The abortion clinic had previously been the subject of many picketers.
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
John O'Brien, "Janitor Charged In Arson At Abortion Clinic," Chicago Tribune, January 14, 1987.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.