Incident Summary:

1/9/2005: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire at the Eastside Women's Health Clinic in Olympia, Washington, United States. There were no casualties, but the abortion clinic sustained around $500,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



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 Eastside Women's Health Clinic
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 $500,000.00
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
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information This incident occurred at 2:00 AM. During the twenty years before the incident, the abortion clinic was picketed weekly.
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
"Fire at Women's Health Clinic Is Ruled as Arson," Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2005.
"Abortion Clinic Fire in Olympia Ruled Arson," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 11, 2005.
Donna Gordon Blankinship, "FBI Probes Fire at Clinic Where Abortions Were Performed," Associated Press, January 9, 2005.