Pro-Life Groups Condemn Violence at Colorado Planned Parenthood, Pray for Safety

Press Release
Contact: Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue, at 316-841-1700 or Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director, Christian Defense Coalition at 540-538-4741

Colorado Springs, CO — Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition are denouncing the violence that appears to be in progress at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Details are still sketchy regarding the motives of the perpetrator and we urge the public not to draw any conclusions until police can make an official determination.

“Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies. We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue.

“Although we don’t know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels.,” said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, D.C.

As of this writing, the situation remains active and fluid. Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition urges people of good will everywhere to pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this situation and tweet their thoughts for the safety of those in danger under the hashtag #AllLivesMatter.

Newman Endorses Pro-Life Champion Sen. Ted Cruz for President

troy-office-captionedWashington, DC – The Ted Cruz for President Campaign announced yesterday that Operation Rescue President Troy Newman has endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President. Below is the text of their announcement, which can also be found at

Troy Newman, Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos, Endorses Ted Cruz

Cruz is “a proven, trusted fighter who will consistently and meaningfully fight for the unborn”

HOUSTON, Texas – Today, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz secured the endorsement of leading pro-life activist Troy Newman – a driving force in the recent effort to expose Planned Parenthood’s alleged sale of baby parts in a series of undercover videos. Newman is the President of Operation Rescue, one of the most prominent pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. He also serves as a Board Member for a number of pro-life groups including the Center for Medical Progress. In addition, Troy is the author of several books, including Refocusing the Pro-Life Movement for Victory and Abortion Free.

“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of Troy Newman,” Cruz said. “He has served as a voice for the unborn for over 25 years, and works tirelessly every day for the pro-life cause. We need leaders like Troy Newman in this country who will stand up for those who do not have a voice.”

“There are many people of extraordinary integrity running for President in 2016. And there are many candidates who are strongly pro-life. But when I look at the field of contenders, one man stands out as exceptional,” said Newman. “One man rises above the pack in his willingness to always tell the truth and do what he said he would do–on life and on every issue that matters to social conservatives. That man is Ted Cruz.

“I’m enthusiastically endorsing Ted Cruz for President because I know he will consistently and meaningfully fight for the unborn and always stand strong for decency and responsibility in our government and across our nation,” Newman continued. “I encourage anyone who shares these values and who wants a proven, trusted fighter as our president to also endorse Ted Cruz for President.”

Since the Roe V. Wade decision in January of 1973, over 55 million lives have been lost due to abortion.


UPDATED: Operation Rescue Denounces Carson’s Comments that Terri Schiavo’s Starvation Death was “Much Ado About Nothing”

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UPDATE Nov. 18, 2015: In fairness to Dr. Carson, we are publishing a links to articles posted on November 18, 2015, by and wherein Dr. Carson attempts to clarify his remarks that have caused us to question his readiness to be President. Please read and decide for yourself. -OR Staff

Press Release

Washington, DC – A recent comment regarding the 2005 death of Terri Schiavo by Dr. Ben Carson, a GOP candidate for President, is being strongly denounced by Operation Rescue, which participated in efforts to save her life.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Carson responded to questions about the Schiavo case on Friday, November 13, 2015:

“We face those kinds of issues all the time, and while I don’t believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out,” he said. “Your job (as a doctor) is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up.”

When the reporter asked whether Carson thought it was necessary for Congress to intervene, he said: “I don’t think it needed to get to that level. I think it was much ado about nothing.”

“I am upset that Dr. Carson would portray the starvation and dehydration death of Terri Schiavo as ‘much ado about nothing.’ Dr. Carson is woefully misinformed. Terri’s condition was not terminal. She was not kept comfortable. Her death was brutally painful,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, who attended protests of Schiavo’s starvation. “Terri was not a ‘vegetable.’ She was a precious human being that did not deserve to be murdered by a court order. If a judge can order her put to death by denying food and hydration, this same tragedy could befall any one of us.”

In addition, Newman believes that then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also now a GOP candidate for President, could have done to save Terri Schiavo’s life.

Operation Rescue urges pro-life supporters to withhold support for Carson’s and Bush’s candidacies for the President of the United States.

“We have seen what it is like to have a president who does not value every life equally, and we certainly do not need another,” said Newman. “In my opinion, Ben Carson’s statement dismissing Terri’s life as ‘nothing’ and Jeb Bush’s failure to take action to save Terri has disqualified them both from the office of President.”

Terri Schindler Schiavo was 27-years old when she collapsed in her St. Petersburg home in 1990. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, petitioned the court to have her feeding tube removed. Her parents objected to the starvation/dehydration death of their daughter, and thus began a long legal fight to save Terri’s life that played out dramatically in the public square.

Operation Rescue joined with numerous pro-life groups in the spring of 2005 for a vigil outside the Pinnellas Park nursing home where Terri was held. While Christians prayed, protested and drew the public eye to Terri’s plight, her family engaged in every desperate legal option available to prevent Michael from killing their loved one. Their brave efforts involved the Florida legislature, both houses of Congress and President George W. Bush, who personally signed an order moving Terri’s case to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court. Once the U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing the case, legal options were exhausted.

In March, 2005, Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed, and she passed away on March 31, 2005, having suffered a painful starvation death as ordered by Judge George Greer.

Nevertheless, the fight to save Terri Schiavo’s life changed the conversation in America about the care and treatment of those who do not meet an arbitrary standard of perfection imposed by doctors and judges.

“Either we value and protect all life, or we submit to a brand of tyranny that places us all at risk,” said Newman. “We must never submit to tyranny that threatens the lives of the innocent.”