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Recent cases of abortion-related violence

by The Associated Press

October 23, 1998 -- A sniper kills Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, New York, by firing a shot through the physician's window, the first fatality among five sniper attacks on New York or Canadian abortion providers over four years.

January 29, 1998 -- A bomb explodes just outside a Birmingham, Alabama, abortion clinic. An off-duty police officer is killed and a nurse critically injured in the first fatal bombing of a U.S. abortion clinic. Eric Rudolph is charged but eludes a massive manhunt.

January 16, 1997 -- Two bomb blasts an hour apart rock an Atlanta building containing an abortion clinic. Seven people are injured. Rudolph is charged by federal authorities in October 1998.

December 30, 1994 -- John Salvi opens fire with a rifle inside two Boston-area abortion clinics, killing two receptionists and wounding five others. Sentenced to life without parole, he kills himself in prison in 1996.

November 8, 1994 -- Dr. Garson Romalis, who performs abortions in Vancouver, British Columbia, is shot in the leg while eating breakfast at home.

July 29, 1994 -- Dr. John Bayard Britton and his volunteer escort, James H. Barrett, are slain outside a Pensacola, Florida, abortion clinic. Barrett's wife, June, is wounded in the attack. Paul J. Hill, 40, a former minister and anti-abortion activist, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

August 19, 1993 -- Dr. George Tiller is shot in the arms as he drives out of the parking lot at his Wichita, Kansas, clinic. Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon is convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

March 10, 1993 -- Dr. David Gunn is shot to death outside a Pensacola, Florida, clinic, becoming the first U.S. doctor killed during an anti-abortion demonstration. Michael Griffin is convicted and is serving a life sentence.

Copyright 1998   The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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