Postcards Featuring Abortion Victim Photo Spark Controversy in Kansas

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue has begun mailing out postcards in the community of Wichita, Kansas, the home of its national headquarters, featuring a photo of an abortion victim overlaid across an image of the new abortion clinic that opened in April. The postcard has drawn the ire of one local man, who contacted television stations to express his pleasure at receiving the mailing.

Nathan Moore was upset that his 13-year old teenager checked the mail, discovered the postcard, and asked about the image. Moore told reporters that his son is now afraid to check the mail because of the post card.

Interestingly, reporters who interviewed Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger about the postcard never told her that Moore’s son is 13. Instead, the reporters represented the teen to be a “young child.” Photo books displayed by Moore on one news broadcast depicted a boy that appeared about 8 years old.

“At the age of 13, this young man is old enough to be subjected to Planned Parenthood’s sex education in the schools. Perhaps within months, he could face peer pressure concerning teen sex. We see young ladies of his age, unfortunately, being taken into abortion clinics for contraception and abortions. It is entirely appropriate for 13-year-olds to ask questions about abortion,” said Sullenger. “The postcards are not meant to target minors, but in cases like this when we are talking about a teenager, this might be a ‘mole-hill’ turned into a ‘mountain.’ As a mother myself, and a former teacher, I suggest that if a 13-year-old teen is truly afraid to check the mail, perhaps there are other issues in his life that need to be addressed.”

Even more disturbing than the deception over the boy’s age was Moore’s insistence that the mailings are inappropriate or should be covered by envelopes.

“While some may not like it, the First Amendment allows for freedom of speech, and it certainly isn’t up to Mr. Moore to regulate how that speech is communicated. We find postcards such as this a very effective means of creating social tension that can lead to positive change in society. We understand that there will always be some who are offended, no matter the message,” said Sullenger. “But it’s a shame that this man seemed more concerned about garnering publicity than he was with the fact that human rights abuses in the form of the brutal dismembering of babies in the womb are occurring at the abortion clinic in Wichita. Unfortunately, he missed the entire point of the mailing.”


Sullenger continued, “I have been publicly displaying images of abortion victims publicly for about 30 years and exposed my own daughters to them at a far earlier age. By the time they were 13, they already had much experience offering help to women outside of abortions clinics and were helping to save babies from abortion. The result has been two very compassionate women who are now themselves loving mothers, so I know from experience that the images are not harmful to teens, and can actually be beneficial for instilling a deep value for human life.”

The abortion clinic that is the subject of the post card campaign is South Wind Women’s Center, which opened in April 2013, in the former site of George Tiller’s infamous abortion clinic. Prior to the opening of South Wind, Wichita, once considered the “Abortion Capital of America,” had been abortion-free for nearly four years.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints against the clinic and its operators with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the Federal Election Commission. Both cases remain open.

An investigation by Operation Rescue staff uncovered that improper expenditures were made by a Political Action Committee operated by South Wind owner Julie Burkhart, which covered daily operating expenses for the for-profit abortion clinic. That violation was later compounded with an attempt by South Wind to repay the expenditures as a “loan.” Such a business loan by a PAC is also in violation of FEC regulations. Already, Burkhart’s PAC has paid FEC fines totaling more than $4,000.

On Friday, an editorial by Sullenger was published in the Wichita Eagle addressing the dangers of Burkhart’s practice of employing an out-of-state abortionist with inadequate training and no hospital privileges.

“I know it is easier for folks to ignore the new abortion business in town and act like it doesn’t exist, but that denial will only lead to further lost lives of innocent babies along with the added human misery experienced by mothers who will inevitably regret their abortions,” said Sullenger. “We are working to inform the community about the truth of abortion and provoke the community to reject it and embrace life. As long as an abortion clinic continues to operate in Wichita, it will be our duty to continue to do so.”

  • when the morals of a nation sink to abortion and homosexuality approved it will get more problems like violence, bad economy, and oppressive government. God’s judgement will continue to escalate till these stop. keep up the good work and I will pray for you.

  • Jan Johnson

    Good. I’m glad it “offended” this father. And his 13 year old son, if he plays video games, is being exposed to blood shed. The father must be liberal. Compassion for everything else but not for the unborn.

  • Dawn V. Wheat

    The kids are going to be shocked when they find out all the other things going on for population control in Obamacare (like no help for ones that are born imperfect, old people with problems, young people with serious accidents, people who get serious diseases.) I grew up in the 1940s and 50s when EVERYONE mattered. I guess the ones in government now liked Hitler’s population control (“for the good of everyone else”) better than what I grew up with. If I were the young boy in this story, I would be scared to death!!!!!!

  • Emma Middendorf

    As a country we are continually subjected on our TV to programs of violence. Children watch these. The truth about the acceptance of abortion by current society has been kept secret from our children all too often. They have a right to know about the Pro-life movement. Perhaps their horror at killing our yet-to-be-born babies will be a wake up call to those who view abortion as acceptable. What have we come to as a Country?

  • Mary Meyer

    It seems like some people are missing the point of this story. Nathan is a genuine and caring parent who does oversee what television and video games his children watch. The story should have included the fact that he also has a young daughter who could have just as easily seen this postcard which cannot even be shown fully on this site. Just when did we as a people decide that we know better than parents what can be shown to their children. Just because Nathan objected to the postcard, he should not be ridiculed. MORE POWER TO PARENTS!

  • Operation Rescue

    Actually, Mary, the full content of the postcard is embedded as a “Scribd” document in this story. I’m sure Nathan is a good parent, but he is wrong to try to dictate how the First Amendment is used. The fact that there was another child in the family was never mentioned to us, and if it had, our answers would have been the same. These images are not inappropriate and we have found that if children are upset, it is usually because the parent is upset or reacting inappropriately. If you don’t like the images, then let’s work together to stop abortion in this community, then there will be no need to show them.

  • Stephen Orozco

    I did not learn about the horrors of abortion until I was well into my 60s. Since then I have found that this is a deliberate result by mainstream media and the abotion industry to keep the American people in ignorance. After learning of the reality and magnitude of the problem
    ( nearly 60 MILLION babies butchered in America since 1973! ), I became a sidewalk protester/councelor. The Lord started me out with displaying the beauty of life, along with gentle messages. These are good; however, the Lord soon revealed to me the importance of displaying the truth of the brutality of murdering children. As a result, I have begun educating the public with a large abortion graphic ( Baby Malachi ) in conjunction with a large image of a mother loving her newborn. A view of BOTH realities is important, and the public needs to be educated to the whole picture.

    The brutality of abortion is epidemic, and an abomination to GOD; people need to know what these children are experiencing! As for the viewing effect on young children, it is crucial that we ALL have a clear understanding of what is happening, the earlier, the better.

    What many do not realize is that I am equally repulsed by the the image; and yet, there is a deeper obligation to the children who have suffered the nightmare of abortion, which compels me to show the world what is happening to them. Without those images, the world goes along its merry way, ignorantly comfortable with the “blackout” and the lies. Thank you OR, for ALL of your hard work. Protecting the innocent and helpless is not easy. May God richly bless your efforts.

  • Jan Booth

    I too am horrified by the ravages of abortion and am very active in the pro-life movement where I live. I am very much in agreement with Mary Meyer. The card could have been mailed in an envelope with a sticker stating “Not for small children”; then let the parents decide how they want to handle its content with their children. You as a pro-life organization cannot assume that young children will not see your card, or just not be concerned about kids having nightmares. Or are you assuming all kids are so hardened by tv and video games that what you are sending out is more of the same and that it is okay?

  • Heywood Jalisson

    I’m calling BS on the whole story. Watch the “news” video again. The mailbox is at the reporter’s eye level. He has to reach up to open it. I doubt the 13-year old is as tall as the reporter.

  • Deborah Sotirkys

    Keep up the good work showing the pictures.America needs to be educated on what we are doing to innocent babies.After killing two babies in the 70’s , I was horrified learning what I had done.A picture tells a thousand words.

  • Carol Becker

    I saw this has a plant for the other side and the T.V. Station is one of them, they do any thing to keep us from telling the truth. I am glade to see what a real abortion is,how are we going to win with out people seeing what it really is. This Boy is 13 years old, and he hasn’t see real bloody show on T. V. his Father wants to keep him the Dark,there will be a time that he can’t.
    I feel sorry for the Kid. not knowing what is reall out there. Carol Becker.

  • H Henning

    Insensitivity does not befit people who claim to care. What if a mother who had aborted a child was forced to see that image and relive her whole painful experience? That is not caring, it is a cheap shock tactic which could cause untold psychological damage – not just to young men and young women, but even more so to women still dealing with the stress, heartache and pain that follows abortion.