Incident Summary:

7/2/2004: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire at the WomanCare Center in Lake Worth, Florida, United States. There were no casualties, but the medical records and equipment at the abortion clinic were damaged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Lake Worth

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 WomanCare 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 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
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information A fire was set at another abortion clinic in Palm Beach County one year after this incident (200507040009).
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
Jill Barton, "Suspicious Fire Damages Florida Abortion Clinic," Associated Press, July 5, 2005.
Leon Fooksman and Peter Franceschina, "Abortion Clinic Fire Suspicious," Sun Sentinel, July 6, 2005.
Clinic Defense and Research, "1997 Chronicle of Clinic Harassment & Violence," Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.