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Former Abortion Worker to Receive First Abortion Whistleblower Reward of $25,000

Washington, DC – On the 38th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America, Operation Rescue’s Abortion Whistleblower’s Program will present a check to former abortion worker Kim Nichols for $25,000 as a reward for information which led to the arrest and conviction of an abortionist who broke the law.

Nichols came forward to blow the whistle on her former boss, abortionist Rapin Osathanondh, after Laura Hope Smith died from an abortion at Osathanondh’s Hyannis, Massachusetts, abortion clinic in 2007.

Nichols will be presented with the $25,000 reward at a pro-life rally on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 7:00 PM at the Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road, Germantown, MD 20876.

Wracked with guilt over Laura’s needless death and refusing to go along with Osathanondh’s illegal efforts to conceal his negligence, Nichols worked with Laura’s mother, Eileen Smith, to bring Osathanondh to justice. In turn, Smith was advised by Operation Rescue.

“Due to Nichol’s courageous and truthful testimony before the Massachusetts Board of Physicians, Osathanondh was declared a danger to the public. His two abortion clinics were closed and he surrendered his medical license, rather than suffer the humiliation of revocation. Nichol’s testimony was the basis for criminal charges that resulted in Osathanondh’s conviction and incarceration on the charge of involuntary manslaughter for causing the death of Laura Smith. She did all of this while enduring threats and harassment from Osathanondh who attempted to frighten and intimidate her into silence,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are proud to present our first $25,000 reward to Kim Nichols and pray that her brave commitment to the truth encourages other clinic workers who have witnessed abortion abuses to do the right thing and tell the authorities what they know.”

Read Nichol’s dramatic story, “Blowing the Whistle: How one abortion worker allowed the truth to set her free–and put an abortionist behind bars.”

The Abortion Whistleblower’s program provides a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law. Operation Rescue acknowledges that credible information concerning abortion abuses in several states has already been received from several abortion industry insiders. That information is currently working its way through the system.

To learn more about the Abortion Whistleblowers Program, please follow the link.

Blowing the Whistle: How one abortion worker allowed the truth to set her free–and put an abortionist behind bars

Kim Nichols was working for Women’s Health Center, an abortion clinic in Hyannis, Massachusetts, operated by Rapin Osathanondh on that fateful day, September 13, 2007, when Laura Hope Smith came to the clinic for an abortion. This is Kim’s story, as she told it to Laura’s mother, Eileen Smith. In it, Kim shares her experiences with Osathanondh in order to encourage other clinic workers to come forward and tell the truth about abortion abuses they have witnessed. Because Kim’s testimony led to the arrest, conviction, and incarceration of Osathanondh, she has been awarded the first Abortion Whistleblower’s Reward of $25,000.

-Operation Rescue

Written by Eileen Smith as told by Kim Nichols

I came to work at the abortion clinic about 10 yrs ago. I had accompanied a friend to the clinic and was bothered by all the young girls there alone in the waiting room. Many were upset and I thought I could help by volunteering. I was turned down at the time but later I was called when a job opened up.

One of the first things the doctor did was warn me about the Pregnancy Care Center (A Woman’s Concern) next door. He told me they were evil people and they lied to the girls to keep them from getting abortions. He also told this to his clients and other employees. I believed everything he said at that time because he was a retired doctor from Harvard’s teaching hospital and doctors don’t lie, right?

But the longer I worked there, the more I saw. His treatment of the patients and employees alike was very bad. Many girls quit working for him because of the abuse. Some of those who quit were RN’s who, unlike me, realized how far from medical standards he strayed. When he was asked about these things, he would say things like “Because I am the doctor and this is what I say to do,” or “You are NOT in Brigham and Women’s anymore, we do things differently here!”

I didn’t know it at the time that he had to leave Brigham & Women’s Hospital for threatening to kill 5 of his nurses for losing some paperwork. The nurses were so upset they called the police on him. (Some say he was fired, he says he resigned.) That is when the doctor came to Hyannis and reopened up a previously closed abortion clinic.

Women came from all over to get abortions in Hyannis. Planned Parenthood sent many referrals not only from Boston, but from Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. They looked very far along in their pregnancies and I had to wonder why they came so far to us, passing many abortion clinics on the way to Hyannis. (Eileen wonders if he could he have possibly been doing late term abortions.)

The doctor would only accept cash up front for his abortions, no checks, no credit cards and no insurance. He would charge from $500 to $900 depending how far along the girls were.

I initially went to work at the clinic thinking I was doing a good thing for the girls. That paradigm all came crashing down the day Laura Hope Smith died while I was holding her hand during her abortion. Her final words to me were “I am so glad you are here with me, I feel so safe.”

Laura’s death shook me to my core. I told the doctor that we should close this clinic down. This wasn’t supposed to happen.

He told me to take a vacation and paid me to do it, this is something he never did before. I spent two weeks in Florida and came home only feeling worse about everything.

I was told Mrs. Smith got a lawyer and we were all in trouble. The doctor said we all need to get together and agree what had happened. I told him I couldn’t lie for him. He said, “Don’t lie, just say you don’t remember anything…that you were in shock. “ He told me I would lose my house in the lawsuit if I didn’t go along with him and his lawyers. Still I refused to lie for him. I had to get my own lawyer, which I couldn’t afford, because I wasn’t going to lie and help him cover up Laura’s death.

The doctor began a series of harassing phone calls to me and my husband trying to get me on board with his lies. He begged me, told me I was going to hurt everyone, the employees who would lose their jobs, the girls who would have no place to get an abortion, and most of all, he said I would hurt myself and my family when we lost our home in the lawsuit. I naively believed that he was telling me the truth, but even so, I could not lie for him. If I would lose everything then so be it; right is still right.

One day, Mrs. Smith contacted me and I was relieved. I told her the whole story about what happened to her daughter, and she encouraged me come forward and tell the truth to the authorities, which I gladly did.

When I was interviewed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine, I told them everything that happened the day Laura died and on the subsequent days of the great cover-up, which he began in order to hide the real reason for Laura’s death. Apparently when I told them the truth about what happened, it was the opposite of what the doctor had told them. They subsequently declared him a danger to public safety. That edict closed the abortion clinic on that same day, Feb 20, 2008, five months after Laura’s death. Upon hearing that the Board had filed a petition against him, the doctor chose to resign his license permanently rather than go through a medical board trial. He can no longer practice medicine anywhere in this country. He was later convicted of manslaughter and sent to jail.

Before Laura’s death I would have considered myself Pro-choice. Now, I am definitely Pro-Life! I want to tell all those young girls who are contemplating abortion to reconsider. I want to tell them that abortion will affect them for the rest of their lives and that that it may even sterilize them. I want them to know that they can be physically maimed or worse; they could die, like Laura did.

I now see that girls are traumatized by abortion. They are not told what is really going to happen to them or their babies. They are lied to about the development of the baby. The baby is called a blob of tissue. They are not told about the alternatives to abortion such as adoption. I wish abortion would end.

One day I would like to volunteer at a pro-life pregnancy care center. I want to share my experiences with the young girls and hopefully help them change their minds regarding abortion.

I will never forget Laura Hope Smith, whose life was snuffed out along with her child, as I stood there holding her hand, thinking I was helping her!

Top Ten in 2010: Operation Rescue’s Hottest Stories of the Year

As each year draws to a close, it is our custom to reflect on the past months and remind ourselves of the great things God has done though this ministry, with the partnership of our faithful supporters. The year 2010 was amazingly busy and productive as we have expanded active ministry into a record number of states.

We are winning the war on abortion through peaceful, legal means. That is expressing itself in lower demand for abortion. Clinics are closing, and that means lives are being saved. Every day, we have growing confidence that we are closer to the day when abortion will be defeated.

For your encouragement, we present Operation Rescue’s Top Ten Stories of 2010. It is only through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue this important, live-saving work. Please make a special year-end gift to Operation Rescue by CLICKING HERE. We are deeply appreciative of every gift!

-Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Operation Rescue Staff!

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Planned Parenthood’s Telemed Webcam abortion pill distribution scheme exposed.

Operation Rescue’s special report on its investigation into Iowa’s “telemed” abortion scheme shocked America and has become a hot national news story. Iowan’s rallied to oppose the remote controlled abortions. A series of complaints and investigations ensued. The nation was alerted to Planned Parenthood’s plans to expand telemed abortions into every state, and pro-lifers are now preparing to introduce legislation to block the dangerous remote dispensing of abortion drugs. (Read the report that broke the story.)

Carhart moves late-term abortions to Maryland as pro-lifers stage unprecedented opposition.

Suffering major financial problems and restricted from late-term abortions by a new Nebraska law, Carhart boasted of opening three new late-term abortion mills in Iowa, Indiana, and Maryland. As is usual with Carhart, things are never as he portrays them, and Operation Rescue discovered that his “new clinic” in Maryland turned out to be an established mill in Germantown that hired his to do late-term abortions. Operation Rescue helped organize protests there and over 1,200 people turned out in Carhart’s first week of business to oppose him. His Indiana mill is one he has worked at part time for years as an employee, and he has no location to expand into Iowa. Over 300 pro-lifers packed a Council Bluffs, Iowa, City Council meeting in opposition to Carhart’s announced plans to move there. Legislators in all three states are formulating legislation to drive Carhart out and pass tightened abortion restrictions that will save lives.

Abortionist jailed in Massachusetts in death of Laura Hope Smith.

Three years to the day after he killed Laura Hope Smith during a botched abortions, Rapin Osathanondh pled guilty to manslaughter and was hauled off to jail, thanks to the tenacity and dedication of Laura’s mother, Eileen. Osathanondh was also ordered to pay $2 million to Eileen Smith to settle a civil suit she brought against him. Earlier Osathanondh was ordered to surrender his medical license and close his two abortion offices permanently.

Abortionist Brigham’s Abortion Empire Facing Collapse

A botched abortion, a secret late-term abortion mill, a scam to evade abortion laws by ferrying late-term abortion patients from state to state. All this and more was revealed in a series of news accounts of Abortionist Steven Chase Brigham’s seedy four-state abortion business. Operation Rescue dug deeper and published shocking information about Brigham’s illegal late-term abortion scheme and about his associate, Nicola Riley, who is a convicted felon who served a year at Ft. Leavenworth Military Prison for credit card fraud and identity theft. Riley’s Maryland medical license was suspended. Information provided by Operation Rescue helped block Riley’s medical license application in Virginia. Brigham’s New Jersey license has also been suspended and another Br4igham associate, 88-year old George Shepard, Jr. has had his Maryland license permanently revoked for aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. All four of Brigham’s Maryland abortion mills have closed.

Abortionist Ferrer revoked, driven out of business in Maryland due to pro-life pressure.

Pro-lifers learned of the 2006 abortion death of Denise Crow when the Maryland Board of Physicians filed a disciplinary petition against abortionist Romeo Ferrer earlier this year. Groups, including Operation Rescue, applied public pressure to the Board and successfully demanded suspension of his license. In September, the Board complied. But that was not the end of Ferrer’s abortion business – at least not yet. Operation Rescue worked with local activist Michael Martelli and discovered that Ferrer had hired another man, Gheovant Wartanian, to continue his abortion business while he was on suspension. Operation Rescue published a hard-hitting exposé on Wartanian’s troubled past. Martelli led a prayer protest at Wartanian’s private non-abortion office and met with the abortionist. After the meeting, Wartanian quit his job at Ferrer’s abortion business, forcing Ferrer’s abortion clinic to permanently close. He later surrendered his medical license, putting him out of the killing business for good.

Mass closures of abortion clinics continue.

Thirty-one surgical abortion mills have closed in the past year since Operation Rescue released its Project Daniel 5:25 list of remaining American abortion mills. The decline in abortion clinics and abortion numbers continues as public opinion continues to swing in the favor of life.

List of troubled abortionists grows.

Operation Rescue worked to expose the “unfruitful works of darkness” of several abortionists this year, and turned over information to medical boards and other authorities to help bring these dangerous men and women to justice. Here are a few of the stories we worked on in 2010.

• California abortionist Andrew Rutland gets homicide charges
• Tiller associate Ann Kristin Neuhaus charged by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts based on an Operation Rescue complaint.
• Pennsylvania abortion quack Kermitt Gosnell exposed, license suspended.
• Florida late-term abortionist James Pendergraft suspended for a fourth time
• OR broke the story that abortionist Randall Whitney was arrested again – this time on a pro-life tip.
• Operation Rescue published comprehensive exposés on late-term abortionists Martin Haskell of Ohio, and Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who have taken over as the largest late-term abortionists in the nation.

Truth Trucks roll, changing hearts and minds while saving lives.

The Truth Truck fleet continues to roll across America exposing the horrific truth about abortion in key areas. The Truth trucks have played instrumental parts in saving the lives of babies from abortion in states like New Mexico, Washington, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and more!

• Former OR missionaries Bud and Tara Shaver relocated to Albuquerque to take on the late-term abortion mill run by Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson. The Truth truck exposes Albuquerque as the new Late-term Abortion Capital of America.
• In Nebraska, the Truth Truck has ministered at Carhart’s run-down Bellevue abortion mill, visited Planned Parenthood fundraisers, and exposed billionaire Warren Buffet’s support for child killing through abortion.
• In Iowa, the Truth Truck has helped expose Planned Parenthood and draw attention to the telemed abortion pill scheme as well as Carhart’s attempted expansion into the Hawkeye State, which has so far been successfully blocked by pro-life advocates.

Tax-funded abortions in national health care opposed.

Operation Rescue was on the ground in Washington, D.C. and on the Internet leading opposition to tax-funded abortions in the Obama health care plan. In conjunction with other pro-life groups, including Pro-life Unity, Operation Rescue launched a groundbreaking Internet protest through the IAM71.com web site, representing the 71% of Americans that polls showed opposed public funded abortions. Sen. Ben Nelson, a pro-life Senator from Nebraska, felt the wrath of his constituency in his home district, with the help of OR’s Truth Truck.

Kansas Supreme Court clears the way for Planned Parenthood’s prosecution on 107 criminal counts.

In 2007, then District Attorney Phill Kline filed 107 criminal charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas, on charges related to illegal late-term abortions and sparking three years of legal wrangling meant to prevent evidence against Planned Parenthood from ever reaching a court. Operation Rescue launched a petition drive to persuade the Supreme Court to send the case back to the new District Attorney for prosecution. In October, the Supreme Court finally ruled favorably, and released the case for prosecution. Operation Rescue continues to work to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are properly brought to justice in a court of law.

Abortionist Released From Jail Against Recommendations In Abortion Manslaughter Case

Barstable, MA — Eileen Smith, who helped bring abortionist Rapin Osathanondh to justice for killing her 22-year old daughter, Laura Hope Smith during a botched abortion in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in 2007, tells Operation Rescue that Osathanondh has won a motion for early release from jail today after serving only half of his sentence.

According to Smith, Osathanondh will be fitted with a monitoring device and released today to serve out the remainder of his sentence in home confinement at his plush luxury home on Cape Cod.

The following is Eileen Smith’s statement on the release of the man who killed her daughter:

Rapin Osathanondh was granted a “revise and revoke” motion on his sentence today by the same Judge who originally gave him the “light” sentence. Once again the man who killed my daughter receives mercy while our daughter and family receive none. He will leave jail as soon as they get the bracelet on him for his “million dollar home” confinement. Even though the Parole Board recently denied his parole because they said he was NOT remorseful for what he did, and he was the most “arrogant and callous person to ever ask for parole in their experience serving on the parole board”, the Judge disregarded the parole board’s comments and decision and granted him freedom to go home. Where is my daughter’s freedom to go home, Judge?

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue states:

Today’s decision to release Laura’s killer was just plain wrong. We are very upset that Osathanondh was allowed to be released from jail early against the recommendation of the parole board. A three month incarceration for depriving a woman of her life trivializes her humanity and diminishes the human dignity of all women. As long as abortionist quacks who maim and butcher unsuspecting women and kill their innocent babies are slapped on the wrist and sent home, we can only expect their arrogant, “above the law” attitudes to persist and the body count of dead abortion patients to rise.

Osathanondh had agreed to a plea bargain on September 14, the third anniversary of Laura Smith’s death, that included six months of incarceration with parole eligibility after three, to be followed by nine months of home confinement and three years probation. He surrendered his medical license and closed both of his abortion offices.

How Troy Newman Rescued Operation Rescue

By Liam Jackson

Six sizzling weeks in mid-1991 will forever be known in the pro-life movement as Operation Rescue’s Summer of Mercy. Thousands of pro-life activists converged on Wichita, Kansas, with peaceful sit-ins at three local abortion mills, including the infamous and late-term abortion clinic of George Tiller. The event culminated with a standing-room-only crowd of tens of thousands of people that jammed into Cessna Stadium to hear speakers such as Dr. James Dobson, Pat Robertson and Jay Sekulow.

Operation Rescue was the largest civil disobedience movement in United States history with over 75,000 arrests nonviolent acts of blocking the doors of abortion clinics. Not one arrest for violent protest ever took place at an Operation Rescue event. The Summer of Mercy forged Operation Rescue into a formidable pro-life powerhouse characterized by the willingness to make self-sacrifices to save babies from abortions.

But what many people may not know is that the founder of Operation Rescue, Randall Terry, well known for his fiery railings and caustic personality, had left the organization in 1990, prior to the Summer of Mercy, to pursue personal endeavors. During the Summer of Mercy, Terry was present only as a pro-life spokesperson, and not in any official capacity with Operation Rescue, which was then under the leadership of Rev. Keith Tucci.

After the Summer of Mercy, Rev. Tucci moved on. Operation Rescue lacked focused national leadership and the movement began to wane. In 1994, pro-life sit-ins, once local misdemeanors, became Federal felonies under the Clinton Administration with the passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, otherwise known as FACE. Hundreds of Operation Rescue affiliates across the United States struggled to realign their mission. Most closed altogether.

The outspoken and habitually offensive Randall Terry found a temporary soap box on the radio, but his erratic behavior and evolving ideology relegated him to smaller and smaller audiences. Soon, he was off the air.

During his short tenure with Operation Rescue, Terry, along with Joe Scheidler and other activists, were sued by the National Organization for Women. Terry was transitioning out of the pro-life movement and wanted no part of fighting the case, known as NOW vs. Scheidler. He settled out of the case by agreeing to never again to engage in pro-life activism at abortion clinics. Everyone thought Randall Terry had permanently retired.

Supposing that his participation in Operation Rescue had acquired him fame, Randall Terry, tried to parlay that notoriety into a Congressional seat. In 1998, he ran for Congress. He broke the record for the highest negative approval rating for anyone polled by the Zogby Polling Company. He lost in the primary after raising more money and getting the fewest votes than any candidate ever.

Then sadly, against the counsel of nearly every former Operation Rescue leader and spiritual advisor in his life, Randall divorced his wife, abandoned his children, married his intern, and moved to Nashville to begin a country music career.

While Randall Terry’s personal life was imploding, the successive leaders of Operation Rescue vainly grasped for projects that could keep them relevant. In 1997, Rev. Flip Benham changed the name of Operation Rescue National to Operation Save America in order to better fit his shifting agenda, which was expanded to include anti-homosexual, anti-Islam, and anti-pornography protests.

Nationwide the only organization remaining true to the original work of Operation Rescue was Operation Rescue West, led by Jeff White. White’s second in charge was Troy Newman, a young energetic evangelical who successfully led the San Diego Operation Rescue group. ORW remained focused on saving babies that were scheduled to die and working to end abortion in America.

Newman’s band of pro-lifers continued to find new ways to challenge the abortion industry’s stranglehold on politics and culture. Through innovative strategies, Newman was responsible for closing over two dozen abortion clinics in the Southern California area, but it was not without cost. In 1997, Newman was sued by Janet Reno’s Department of Justice for FACE. Newman was also sued by Planned Parenthood and other abortionists for his efforts to use legal means to focus the media’s attention on the illegal acts of the abortion industry. The lawsuits only solidified Newman’s resolve to use the legal system to close abortion clinics.

In 1999, Newman took the reins of Operation Rescue West and consolidated the remnants of the former rescue organizations into a new Operation Rescue. He experimented with fresh tactics that would confront the abortion industry and expose their abuses. The fresh ideas coupled with wisdom gained from years of street experience breathed new life into Operation Rescue. Newman was successful at accomplishing his vision of putting the abortion industry on the defensive. As his successes grew, Operation Rescue once again became feared by the abortion lobby.

Newman sensed a new era was dawning. With the harsh penalties under FACE, pro-lifers were less willing to go to jail, and rightfully so. It was ridiculous for pro-lifers to go to jail when it was the abortionists who belonged behind bars. Newman found a way to make that paradigm shift happen.

Over the years, it became obvious that there were few, if any abortion clinics that did not break the law. Newman knew that if he could document the abuses, expose them to the public, and report them to the proper authorities, it would be the abortionists that would be soon sitting behind bars. Newman was among the first to recognize the power of electronic media to reach millions of people with information that before was not possible. He joined electronic communications, increased access to the news media, and grass roots activism to hold authorities accountable for enforcing the laws, close abortion clinics, and put scofflaw abortionists behind bars.

By engaging in sit-ins back in the early 1990s, Operation Rescue discovered that when abortion clinic closed, babies were saved. However, with Newman’s new tactics, instead of being closed for a few hours, abortion clinics were permanently closing and women who otherwise would have opted for the “easy” trip to the local abortion were instead finding other ways to deal with their challenges that did not include killing their babies.

Newman’s new strategies faced almost immediate success. As he and his experienced staff continued to innovate and implement ground-breaking new strategies, former abortion empires began to fall.
One of the most dramatic of victories came when the infamous California abortion chain, Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy, completely shut down its 10 abortion mills and its owner, illegal and untrained abortionist Bertha Bugarin was sentences to nearly 7 years in prison. The chain had a history of employing only the most unskilled and inept abortionists. One by one, complaints were filed against them as pro-lifers discovered shockingly botched abortions, the unlicensed practices of medicine, and other abuses. Ultimately, over a dozen Clinica Medica abortionists and their accomplices were convicted of crimes and/or had their medical licenses revoked.

In 2002, Newman moved his offices to Wichita, Kansas, where George Tiller had shrugged off the Summer of Mercy and tripled the size of his late-term abortion facility. Newman believed strongly that if he could employ the successful new tactics developed on the streets of Southern California, he could legally close Tiller’s horrendous late-term abortion business as well.

Over the next seven years, Operation Rescue documented and exposed like never before a series of botched abortions at Tiller’s clinic that landed about a dozen women in the hospital, including one tragic abortion death. The work caught the eye of the Attorney General’s office and the State Legislature, which joined in Operation Rescue’s demand that Tiller be held accountable to the law.

Operation Rescue helped seat two grand juries to investigate Tiller, and Newman was called to testify at one of them. His group filed numerous complaints against Tiller’s medical license and discovered an illegal arrangement between Tiller and his associate, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, wherein they worked together to circumvent a Kansas ban on post-viability abortions. Tiller was later charged with 19 counts of violating the second unaffiliated referral provision, the same crimes discovered and reported by Operation Rescue.

Newman’s work helped reduce Tiller’s lucrative late-term abortion numbers 54% from what they were when he arrived. Newman’s work was highlighted in the Rolling Stone, New York Times, The O’Reilly Factor, LA Times, and many international media outlets.

While it may seem that Tiller escaped legal accountability for his actions with a widely-publicized acquittal of criminal charges, nothing could be further from the truth. On the day of Tiller acquittal, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts released a press statement that revealed the fact that an 11-count petition had been filed against Tiller’s license by the Board. That petition was based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue. It was the final action that needed to be taken by the Board before discipline was to be administered, which could have included revocation of his medical license. There was no question that Tiller was going to be disciplined.

Perhaps to avoid the humiliation of license revocation, after the criminal trial Tiller announced to his staff that he would be retiring. Already his political action committee that had helped politically shield Tiller for years was disbanded and several of his long-time clinic employees had taken other jobs.

But tragically, with Board discipline just a few weeks away, Tiller was shot to death by a crazed anti-abortion crusader. In that moment, Tiller went from being a villain to martyr in the eyes of the public.

Unfortunately, Randall Terry seized the opportunity to return from pro-life retirement and travelled to Wichita in support of Tiller’s killer where he could take advantage of the national media that had gathered for the murder trial. Terry went to great lengths to appear on camera discussing the supposed merits of Scott Roeder’s “justifiable homicide” defense, while Newman intentionally remained out of the spotlight, having been among the first to denounce Tiller’s murder. Unfortunately, many confused Randall Terry’s impertinent remarks as Operation Rescue’s official statements, when nothing could have been less true.

Concurrent with Mr. Terry’s “comeback,” he filed a lawsuit against Operation Rescue’s president, Troy Newman, alleging that Mr. Newman had “stolen” the name Operation Rescue. Newman had lawfully been granted the trademark for the name “Operation Rescue” over fifteen years after Terry had abandoned the group he helped to found. While Terry pursued other interests, Newman had diligently worked to rebuild Operation Rescue into a vibrant and relevant pro-life organization with real accomplishments to its credit. Once Operation Rescue regained some measure national acclaim and success, Terry wanted the name of the group for his own.

The lawsuit is still pending. In the meantime, Operation Rescue’s Board and other founding members have been forced to make official public statements distancing Newman’s Operation Rescue from Terry and his increasingly bizarre rhetoric and conduct.

Today, Operation Rescue’s national headquarters is located in the abortion-free city of Wichita, Kansas – the former abortion capital of the world – in a former abortion clinic that Newman bought and closed. The clinic was completely renovated to serve as the launching platform for Operation Rescue’s efforts to close abortion clinics nationwide. Newman has since propelled the organization to international prominence. Recently, the National Organization for Women, the Fund for the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood, the Nation Abortion Federation and the Center for Reproductive Rights all referred to Newman’s Operation Rescue organization as one of the biggest threats to abortion rights in America.

The abortion industry is right to fear the work of Operation Rescue. Since 1991, the number of abortion clinics in the United States as dwindled from 2,173 to under 700 today. Over two thirds of all the abortion clinics have closed and polls show that public opinion is swaying in favor of the pro-life position. The majority of the clinic closures are due to the type of legal and public scrutiny brought by Operation Rescue, whose tactics are now being adopted by other organizations.

Some of Operation Rescue’s projects throughout the country have been making headlines in recent weeks.
Newman’s work blew the lid off the secret illegal “telemed” abortion pill Internet distribution scheme in Iowa. The entire state has been rocked by the undercover work of Operation Rescue.

When Laura Hope Smith died in 2007 from a botched abortion in Massachusetts, it was Operation Rescue that helped her file the medical board complaint and gain the attention of the local district attorney and media. Those actions resulted in the surrender of Rapin Osathanondh’s medical license and his conviction and jailing on manslaughter charges.

Operation Rescue has also worked to expose and call for criminal charges against an illegal late-term abortion ring operated by Stephen Chase Brigham that spanned two states. Four abortionists’ medical licenses were suspended as a result of the public spotlight that Operation Rescue helped shine on this horrific illegal abortion scheme.

Operation Rescue recently garnered attention when it raised the reward for its Abortion Whistleblower Program to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law. Rapin Osathanondh’s recent manslaughter conviction was the first Whistleblower success, but it will not be the last. Tips have flooded Operation Rescue’s offices and several other cases remain in the pipelines insuring that other abortionists will soon join Osathanondh behind bars.

Many pro-life organizations and individuals have sought assistance and training from Operation Rescue so they can also make their own communities abortion free.

“Newman has done more to rescue babies than all the previous OR leaders combined,” said Operation Rescue co-founder Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, who heads the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C. “We are all really proud of what he has accomplished.”

Newman has done more than rescue Operation Rescue from irrelevance, bad leadership and near-oblivion. He is rescuing pre-born babies from death exposing the abortion cartel’s unfruitful works of darkness in obedience to Biblical mandates. Through that obedience, abortion clinics are closing and abortionists are being brought to justice, speeding the day when abortion will be abolished in America.

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