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December 6, 2001

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National Abortion Federation Applauds Representative Slaughter's Resolution To Condemn Anthrax Threat Letters

WASHINGTON, DC - The National Abortion Federation (NAF) today commended Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus, for introducing in the House of Representatives a Resolution that condemns over 550 anthrax threat letters sent to women's reproductive health clinics in October and November. The letters were signed by the Army of God, a domestic terrorist organization. "We are delighted that Representative Slaughter has introduced this Resolution condemning domestic terrorism directed at women's reproductive health clinics," said Vicki Saporta, Executive Director of NAF. "We applaud her efforts to urge the administration, law enforcement and related government agencies to bring all those who commit acts of terrorism to justice."

The National Abortion Federation has been collecting statistics on violence and disruption against abortion providers for over twenty years. Since 1977 there have been 7 murders, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, 165 arsons, 82 attempted arsons and bombings, 122 assaults, 343 death threats, 3 kidnappings, 315 trespasses, 438 stalkings, 68 burglaries, 950 acts of vandalism, 100 butyric acid attacks and over 630 anthrax threats. "Abortion providers have been the targets of anti-choice terrorism for over twenty-five years, but they refuse to be deterred from providing safe and legal reproductive health care services to women," said Saporta.

Saporta extended her thanks to Representative Slaughter for introducing this important Resolution against domestic terrorism and in support of women's reproductive health care providers. She stated, "We encourage other members of Congress to support ending domestic terrorism against women's reproductive health care providers by signing on to Representative Slaughter's Resolution."

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