In a case that could cost pro-life leaders millions, the National Organization for Women wants a jury to declare that years of arsons and bombings at abortion clinics were part of a racketeering conspiracy.

"These are thugs, these are racketeers, these are mobsters . . . who cannot live by the laws of civilized society," NOW President Patricia Ireland said.After more than a decade of legal skirmishing, a U.S. District Court jury was sworn in Wednesday to hear NOW's lawsuit, filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Using the law designed to fight the mob and drug cartels, Ireland pledged to fight militant pro-life organizations "where it hurts - the wallet."