Incident Summary:

7/4/2005: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire at the Presidential Women's Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. There were no casualties, but the abortion clinic sustained moderate damage.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


West Palm Beach

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 Presidential Women's 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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Fire ignited with some type of accelerant believed possibly to be lighter fluid
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 The fire was first reported at 10:45 PM. A fire was set at another abortion clinic in Palm Beach County one year before this incident (200407020005). In the ten years before the attack, the abortion clinic was the target of weekly protests.
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.