Newman’s Detention in Australia Due to False Accusations Makes International News

Trending in Australia

Melbourne, Australia – Operation Rescue President Troy Newman remains under detention after the Ministry of Immigration cancelled his visa based on a spurious letter from a Member of Parliament that was filled with misinformation and false allegations that he supported violence against abortion providers.

troy-office-captionedNewman has never advocated violence but has only encouraged peaceful, law-abiding activism to end abortion. However, Newman’s true position was never considered or even sought before the decision was made to cancel his visa.

A hearing has already been held before a judge, who ordered that Newman remain in detention for another 24 hours while the issue of his visa was looked into further.

Newman’s wife, Mellissa accompanied her husband to Melbourne with a valid visa. She was essentially turned out into the airport alone and with no luggage while Newman was taken into custody. She has connected with members of Australia Right to Life, who was sponsoring Newman’s speaking tour, and is receiving help and support from them.

Newman was scheduled to speak at numerous venues in Australia about the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that exposed Planned Parenthood’s participation in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains for profit, where he serves as a Board Member. Ironically, he was also planning to share about how activists can work peacefully within the governmental system to expose abortion abuses and bring abortionists who are breaking the law to justice.

Now Newman’s plight is making international headlines. In Australia, the phrase “Troy Newman” is trending high on

“If the abortion lobby in Australia thought they were going to silence the pro-life message, their dubious actions have only brought greater attention to it,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue.

Newman recorded a video of United Airlines employees blocking him from traveling from Denver to Los Angles on the order of the Australian government. The video of the incident posted to Newman’s Facebook page has garnered nearly 480,000 views while a YouTube version has over 12,000 views.

Operation Rescue requests that everyone please keep praying and using social media to counter the untruths being spread about Newman by abortion supporters.

Below are links to some of news stories posting around the world:

US anti-abortion activist Troy Newman wins 24-hour reprieve from deportation.The Guardian — Worldwide

Troy Newman, Head of Anti-Abortion Group, Is Held in Australia Over Canceled VisaThe New York Times – U.S.

ABC 7:30 News (VIDEO) – Melbourne, Australia

American anti-abortion activist Troy Newman detained at Melbourne Airport after travelling to Australia despite his visa being cancelled. —The Daily Mail – United Kingdom

Australia detains pro-life leader on ‘false accusations’
– — U.S.


    A tragedy…….I thought people in Australia had freedom of speech??? Unfortunately, governments no longer seem required to follow the law. Certainly those in power in the US do not follow the Constitution. Getting dangerous to travel internationally.

  • MairinT

    Clearly the Australian situation where Freedom is concerned has taken a sharp corner under the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the U.N. darling and left leaning billionaire who ousted Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is much loved by the Aussie people. Fasten your seatbelts fellow Aussies, we are in for a truly rougher ride….now that the pro-aborts have their teeth into the government.

  • Philip Rayment

    No, our freedom of speech has already been under attack before this. Although it’s not applicable in Newman’s case, section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act says that it is unlawful to so something that is reasonably likely to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone on grounds of race, etc. That law has already stifled free speech somewhat here in Oz, given how easily some people take offence at the truth.

  • theot58

    Well said.
    Freedom of speech and association is a key attribute of a democracy but these have been gagged to accommodate a number of minority groups.
    Democracy is in danger – wake up Australia.