Abortion Cartel is Hating on Troy Newman and Operation Rescue

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — Within the past 24 hours, the Abortion Cartel has launched a coordinated attack against Troy Newman and Operation Rescue, calling for Sen. Ted Cruz to “fire” Troy Newman as Co-Chair of his Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition.

The letter, published by the militant left-wingers at People for the American Way, was signed by PFAW President Michael Keegan, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens.

The group of radical abortion promoters falsely accuses Newman of “violent extremism” and “history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers,” among other spurious allegations.

However, Newman and Operation Rescue has a long and fully documented history of peaceful activism and denouncing of violence against abortionists.

What Planned Parenthood and their cohorts call “violent rhetoric” is really a discussion of Old Testament Bible verses taken out of context. What they call “harassment” is peaceful activism that is completely protected by the First Amendment.

But Planned Parenthood and their cronies have a vested interest in attacking Newman. He served as a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, which released undercover videos that exposed its involvement in the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.

In fact, Planned Parenthood sued Newman and CMP head David Daleiden in Federal Court under anti-racketeering laws and the abortion giant is now battling a motion to dismiss their ridiculous suit filed by and Daleiden’s attorneys as well as a motion to dissolve an injunction that has kept hundreds of hours of incriminating undercover videos from being released to the public.

Attacking the messenger is the only way they have to try to discredit the hefty volume of evidence against them. This most recent attack is all about manipulating the public’s perception against those who exposed Planned Parenthood in order to deflect attention from their own crimes.

It is also a feeble attempt to hurt the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, who they know will seek to enforce the laws against them.

The PFAW attack letter was followed almost instantaneously by articles continuing the attack and repeating their falsehoods, which were published by the Huffington Post, Politico, Right Wing Watch, and even Glamour Magazine, among others.

Not one of these publications bothered to reach out to Newman or Operation Rescue’s staff for their response.

Newman’s position on abortion-related violence is clear. He denounces violence against abortion providers as well as the violence perpetrated by the Abortion Cartel against innocent babies in the womb and their mothers.

In the meantime, Operation Rescue staff is taking extra precautions at their headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, which has been vandalized numerous times by abortion supporters. Newman and members of Operation Rescue’s staff have received hundreds of death threats from the pro-abortion crowd over the years – threats ginned up by the false accusations of abortion supporters who irresponsibly fling their lies across the Internet.

A fuller statement on Operation Rescue’s position denouncing abortion violence is easily accessible to anyone who can read here: Operation Rescue’s Non-Violent History is a Matter of Public Record.

Briefs Seek to Dissolve Injunction on Baby Parts Videos and Dismiss Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit against Pro-Life Leaders


San Francisco, CA — A flurry of motions and briefs have been filed by attorneys on behalf of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and other defendants in two federal suits that were brought by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood for the purpose of blocking the further release of videos obtained during an undercover journalistic study on the illegal sale of aborted baby parts.

“If the Planned Parenthood and the NAF lawsuits could be characterized as ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in response to the incriminating CMP videos, these motions and briefs would represent ‘The Return of the Jedi,’” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue. “This puts the defendants on the offensive and seeks to clear the way for the release of additional evidence against both abortion organizations obtained through the CMP’s undercover investigation.”

Newman, who is President of Operation Rescue and was a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, is being ably represented in both cases by the American Center for Law and Justice.

A motion to dismiss the Planned Parenthood suit has been filed on behalf of all defendants in that case, including Daleiden and Newman, by an impressive team of attorneys with Life Legal Defense Foundation, the Thomas More Society, and the American Center for Law and Justice, among others.

The motion argues that Planned Parenthood’s attempt to use RICO, a Federal statute that is meant to curtail racketeering and organized crime, is baseless and violates the defendants’ free speech rights.

Also filed on behalf of Daleiden and Newman is an Appellate Brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the National Abortion Federation case. That brief argues that an injunction issued by Federal District Judge William Orrick violates the free speech rights of journalists and should be lifted. It criticizes Judge Orrick’s negative commentary he videos.

The brief argues in part:

The court impugned Appellants’ undercover journalism as “fraud,” contrary to precedents holding that undercover investigation is not “fraud” and merits First Amendment protection. The court effectively unsealed its own commentary on the enjoined materials while prohibiting any other speaker from reviewing or addressing them, thus privileging its own viewpoint and shielding its reasoning from public scrutiny.

Also recently filed are six Amicus briefs supporting the pro-life defendants and one neutral brief filed by a group of law professors that discuss the serious issues related to the First Amendment in this case. Groups filing Amicus briefs supporting Daleiden and Newman include:

American Catholic Lawyers Association
Charlotte Lozier Institute
Justice and Freedom Fund
Law Firm of Peace | Crowell
Attorney Generals of 14 states
Susan B. Anthony List
Several Members of Congress

Contrary to media reports that the videos have been discredited, an independent forensic analysis has confirmed that the CMP videos are authentic, not deceptive in any way, and present the speakers’ conversations in an accurate manner.

“These cases are a desperate attempt by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation to keep over 500 hours of previously unreleased videos from seeing the light of day. They know if the rest of the evidence comes out, they will be incriminated beyond all doubt,” said Sullenger. “Planned Parenthood and their friends at the NAF have a lot to hide, and as we have seen, they aren’t afraid to lie to the American people to cover up the truth. I am confident that when all the facts are revealed, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and the work of the Center for Medical Progress will be vindicated and those responsible for profiting from the illegal sale aborted baby remains will be punished.”

Petition Seeking Recusal Submitted to Federal Judge in Planned Parenthood Case After Her Husband Was Photographed There

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – Operation Rescue has submitted a petition to Federal Court Judge Nanette Laughrey signed by nearly 700 citizens asking her to recuse herself from a case involving the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, Missouri, after her husband, Chris Kelly, was photographed entering the facility.

Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri Department of Health (DOH) in Federal Court after it was notified of the Department’s intent to revoke Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility license. A Senate sub-committee investigation discovered that Planned Parenthood’s only physician held bogus “refer and follow” privileges that did not allow her to treat patients at University Hospital as required by law. Those phony privileges were deceptively passed off as full staff privileges to the Department of Health, which issued the Columbia Planned Parenthood an abortion license last year. Once it became apparent that the Columbia facility did not actually meet licensing requirements, the DOH began the revocation process.

Laughrey-KellyPlanned Parenthood’s suit was assigned to Judge Nanette Laughrey, who blocked the Department of Health from enforcing state law. Laughrey is a leftist judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

Kelly’s presence at the Planned Parenthood office on March 10, 2016, raised questions about a possible conflict of interest. Kelly is a former Democratic state legislator who now runs a lobbying and consulting business.

“Kelly’s meeting at Planned Parenthood raises serious questions about his relationship with the abortion organization. This casts an appearance of impropriety on Laughrey’s dubious decision to allow Planned Parenthood to maintain an abortion license that it obtained through questionable means,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We call on Judge Laughrey to recuse from the case since to her husband’s apparent involvement with Planned Parenthood creates a conflict of interest.”

The petition and signatures were sent to Judge Laughrey’s office via FAX transmission on the afternoon of April 21, 2016. The case is Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Lyskowski, case number 2:15-cv-04273-NKL. The next hearing in the Planned Parenthood case is set for April 28.

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