During an arrest for a suspected DUI in Mississippi, Randy Maske confessed to police that he had firebombed an abortion clinic in Peoria, Illinois in 1993. Arresting officer Tim Bell made a sarcastic remark to Maske while taking him into custody, saying “Come on inside hero.” Maske responded, “I am a hero. I bombed an abortion clinic.” Maske then went on to tell Bell details of the 1993 bombing, which were later confirmed by the Peoria police. Maske is being held in Tupelo, Mississippi. He will be transported to Peoria where he will face an arson charge.
On September 26, 1993, a “Molotov Cocktail” was thrown at the doors of a clinic in Peoria. The bomb burned the doors and sidewalks, causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage. “The only reason the bomb didn’t do a whole lot of damage inside the clinic was because of the security measures we had done,” said Margaret Van Duyn, Executive Director of the clinic. No one was injured in the firebombing.
Since the 1990s, incidents of severe violence directed at abortion providers and women’s reproductive health clinics have declined, however, one in five clinics still experiences one of more forms of severe violence. To learn more about anti-abortion violence, read the Feminist Majority Foundation’s 2000 Clinic Violence Survey.
Media Resources: Journal Star, 2/7/02; Daily Journal, 2/6/02; National Abortion Federation, Feminist Majority Foundation
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .