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Politics, Culture, and Political Crime: Covariates of Abortion Clinic Attacks in the United States


This study examined crime and violence against abortion clinics, testing elements of several theories that may help explain the variation of such attacks. The study theoretically and methodologically improved upon the prior research on abortion-related crime and violence. Theoretically, it investigated previously unexamined hypotheses from the social movement literature that may be relevant to this type of behavior. Methodologically, it used more careful measures for several variables, employed unique and heretofore ignored data bases, and examined hundreds of criminal acts across several types of crime (e.g., violence, vandalism, and harassment) directed at abortion clinics. Employing robust logistic regression and correcting for clustering of clinics by state, the study investigated the cross-sectional effects of state-level cultural and structural characteristics on anti-abortion crimes against clinics and staff. Results indicated that some crimes against clinics are more likely in areas where female empowerment is weaker, female victimization is more tolerated, and the anti-abortion movement has failed to reduce abortions.

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Freilich, Joshua D., and William Alex Pridemore. 2007. "Politics, Culture, and Political Crime: Covariates of Abortion Clinic Attacks in the United States." Journal of Criminal Justice 35 (May): 323-336. https://www.ojp.gov/ncjrs/virtual-library/abstracts/politics-culture-an…

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