Bombs Mailed To Four Abortion Clinics, Birth Control Agencies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Police on Tuesday said they defused four similar bombs that had been mailed to four area agencies that perform abortions or provide birth control information.
Three bombs were found in packages in the main post office, and one had been delivered Monday to the Portland Women’s Feminist Health Center, said police spokesman Jay Decker.
Staffers at the center became suspicious of the package and called police, said the center’s executive director, Geri Craig. She said staffers have been trained to be alert for suspicious packages and letters.
Decker said the bomb was powerful enough to kill or injure several people. He refused to give further details, saying an investigation was proceeding.
Police said the three bombs they found at Portland’s main post office were addressed to Dr. Peter Bours of Forest Grove, the Lovejoy Surgicenter of Portland and a Planned Parenthood office in Beaverton.
Abortions are performed at Bours’ clinic and the Lovejoy Surgicenter. The Planned Parenthood office distributes birth control information but performs no abortions.
The Health Center has been the target of a number of threats and vandalism this year, in addition to frequent demonstrations, said Ms. Craig. She said windows have been broken at the health center and telephone and electrical wires have been cut.
Bours was the subject of an Aug. 11 New York Times Magazine story that detailed his reasons for performing abortions and the campaign anti-abortion groups have waged against him.
Vicky Maurseth, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Oregon Right To Life, decried the attempted bombings.
″We really feel that violence is not going to solve the violence of abortion,″ she said, adding that there are legislative and other means of fighting abortion.