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Tiller Is Eighth Murdered In Attacks On Abortion Providers

The first was David Gunn, who was killed outside his abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, in 1993 by a man who stepped out of a group of protesters and shot Gunn in the back. The shooter, Michael Griffin, is currently serving a life term for the murder.

Four people were killed in 1994, including a doctor and his escort at a second Pensacola, Florida, clinic. Two receptionists were killed at a pair of Brookline, MA, clinics that year.

In 1998, an off-duty officer died in the bombing of a Birmingham, AL, clinic. And Barnett Slepian, an obstetrician in New York state, was killed by a sniper's bullet.

The National Abortion Federation has comprehensive data on violence aimed at abortion providers here.

Late Update: Here's a graphic from the AP (via Newscom) showing violence around the country.