Incident Summary:

12/1/1986: Unknown perpetrators set a fire at the Reproductive Health Care Center of Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. There were no casualties but the building was destroyed resulting in $750,000 in damages.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Planned Parenthood
Specific Description Reproductive Health Care Center of Planned Parenthood
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 $750,000.00
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 set at 1:18 AM. A bomb was discovered at an abortion clinic in Lathrup Village, Michigan a few days later (198612040003). Three years after the incident, a bomb damaged the new facility of the Planned Parenthood of Kalamazoo and fifteen years later the clinic was attacked again (198909050036 and 200101280007).
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
"Planned Parenthood Clinic Destroyed In Suspicious Fire," Associated Press, December 1, 1986.
"Planned Parenthood Clinic Is Destroyed," The Spokesman-Review, December 2, 1986.
"Suspicious Fire Destroys Mich. Abortion Clinic, Chicago Sun-Times, December 2, 1986.