Following the release of highly deceptive videos claiming to show wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood, a series of violent attacks were aimed at abortion clinics across the country — including vandalisms and four arson attacks in as many months. NARAL saw these attacks for what they are — domestic terrorism — and we launched a campaign to put a spotlight on this escalating clinic violence.
Less than 48 hours before the tragic and fatal Nov. 27, 2015 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, we delivered a letter signed by over 140 organizations and abortion providers asking the DOJ to investigate the summer’s attacks as domestic terrorism.
In the aftermath of the attack, people across the country turned to NARAL’s campaign as a conduit for their shock and horror, and the calls for the DOJ to investigate reached an apex. Soon after, we delivered the more than 300,000 petitions we gathered with our allies to the DOJ headquarters against requesting they treat these attacks as domestic terrorism.
Stories about NARAL’s campaign were published by the New York Times, Vox, Slate, Broadly, Salon, New York Magazine and Buzzfeed.