Monday, November 12, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: At the WTO Meeting in Qatar Poor Countries Demand That the...
2001-11-12

Abortion Clinics in the Midwest and Northeast Receive More Than 200 Anthrax Threats

DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

Federal Express packages containing white powder and the threat "This contains anthrax. You’re going to die," arrivedat more than 200 Midwest and East Coast abortion clinics on Thursday.

The packages, sent overnight from drop boxes in Virginia and Philadelphia, mark the second mass mailing signed by theArmy of God, an elusive group of anti-abortion extremists who in the past have claimed responsibility for the murderof doctors who perform abortions and for the bombing of clinics. On the armyofgod.com web site, the featured quote ofthe month is "I’m an abortionist-bomber, that’s what I do" — from Clayton Waagner, an anti-abortion extremist on theFBI’s top ten list of most wanted criminals.

The mailings come less than a month after more than 250 similar letters were sent to abortion clinics in envelopesthrough the postal system. Because there have been so many anthrax threats against abortion clinics in the last threeyears, abortion rights groups have developed routines for notifying all clinics of the threats that have beenreceived, and most are careful to screen their mail.

Shortly after the first anthrax threats arrived at the National Abortion Federation in Washington on Thursday, theyreceived a bomb threat and evacuated the building for more than an hour. Authorities testing the powder do notbelieve it contains anthrax or other toxins.

But the directors of Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation haverequested a meeting with Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge.

Guest:

  • Kudrack McCulloagh, abortion provider at the Feminist Health Center in New Hampshire.

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    2014-0730_siegman1
    "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In...

Headlines

    There are no headlines for this date.


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.