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2022 Violence & Disruption Statistics

May 25, 2022

The 2022 Violence & Disruption Statistics show increases in major incidents like arsons, burglaries, death threats, and invasions overall; a sharp increase in violence and disruption in states that are protective of abortion rights; and anti-abortion centers ramping up efforts to deceive and obstruct patients seeking abortion care.

2020 Violence & Disruption Statistics

December 16, 2021

This report examines the increase in anti-abortion threats, disruption, and violence targeting abortion providers and advocates from 2019 to 2020. Despite a global pandemic, abortion providers continued to experience an escalation in targeted violence and disruption in 2020. Abortion providers reported an increase in vandalism, assault and battery, death threats/threats of harm, stalking, and hoax devices/suspicious packages from 2019. The National Abortion Federation (NAF) has been compiling statistics on incidents of violence and disruption against abortion providers for more than 40 years. Since 1977, there have been 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 194 arsons, and thousands of incidents of criminal activities directed at abortion providers.

2019 Violence and Disruption Statistics

July 30, 2020

As states continue to pass and enforce abortion restrictions, anti-abortion extremists are emboldened to disrupt patient services. In 2019, abortion providers continued to report an increase in targeted violence and disruption and incidents of picketing rose from 99,409 in 2018 to more than 123,000 in 2019. As picketers consistently impede patient access to abortion care facilities, incidents of trespassing, obstruction and assault and battery also rose in 2019.