Bombs Mailed To Four Abortion Clinics, Birth Control Agencies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Police are investigating the mailing of bombs to four offices where abortions are performed or birth control information is provided.
Three of the four bombs were intercepted before delivery, and all four were safely defused, authorities said Tuesday.
A package containing explosives arrived in the mail Monday at the Portland Women’s Feminist Health Center, police spokesman Jay Decker said. He said the bomb was powerful enough to kill.
Portland television station KATU said the bomb carried a Portland postmark.
Police said they also found and defused three similar bombs in packages at Portland’s main post office. Those packages were addressed to Dr. Peter Bours of suburban Forest Grove, the Lovejoy Surgicenter of Portland and a Planned Parenthood office in suburban Beaverton.
Abortions are performed at the Women’s Feminist center, Bours’ clinic and the Lovejoy Surgicenter. The Planned Parenthood office distributes birth control information but performs no abortions.
Geri Craig, executive director of the Women’s Feminist Health Center, said employees became suspicious of the package, about the size of a shoebox, and called police.
Because of escalating violence against abortion clinics, Ms. Craig said, staffers at the health center have been trained to watch for suspicious packages and letters.
Ms. Craig said she had no doubt the bombs were sent by radical anti- abortioni sts. The center has been a target of threats and vandalism this year in addition to frequent demonstrations, she said.
Vicky Maurseth, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Oregon Right To Life, decried the mailing of the bombs.
″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.