Final Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Newman v. NAF Seeking Cert in Gag Order Case


Washington, DC – A final reply brief has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, in a crucial case challenging an oppressive Federal Court gag order that is currently preventing the release of incriminating evidence against the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood to state and Federal law enforcement.

The case, Newman v. National Abortion Federation, is seeking a Writ of Certiorari from the Supreme Court, which would open the way for arguments before the full Court challenging the constitutionality of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a gag order.

Representing Newman is Jay Sekulow and a team of attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice. In an unrelated case, Seklow also represents President Donald Trump in the probe into so-called Russian collusion.

Newman v. NAF stemmed from a 2015 case, NAF v. Center for Medical Progress, in which the National Abortion Federation sued Newman in his capacity as a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, along with other CMP members, in an effort to block the release of additional undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood, NAF executives, and middleman biotech companies discussing the buying and selling of aborted baby body parts for profit, which is illegal in the U.S.

An injunction blocking the release of further videos was granted, and that injunction is now the subject of Newman’s Supreme Court appeal. Twenty state attorneys general have joined in the appeal after being blocked from accessing evidence needed for investigations in their own states.

The undercover videos released by the CMP beginning in July 2015, launched two Congressional investigations and a number of state investigations into the illegal trafficking in human aborted baby remains. As a result, both a Senate and House committee issued criminal referrals to local, state, and federal authorities recommending investigation and prosecution for a broad spectrum of criminal conduct related to the illicit baby parts trade.

Newman’s attorneys argue that the Ninth Circuit gag order is unconstitutional since the Court erred in ruling that the undercover videos held no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. This completely ignored the two Congressional investigations that found ample evidence to issue the criminal referrals. The Ninth Circuit also ignored a $7.8 million settlement agreement reached in a lawsuit filed by the Orange County (CA) District Attorney against DaVinci Biosciences and DaVinci Biologics, which admitted it had procured aborted baby remains from Planned Parenthood for resale around the world. Those companies were forced to shut down as a result.

The Ninth Circuit further erred by enjoining individuals from voluntarily cooperating with government investigators.

The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into Planned Parenthood, the NAF, and others involved in the profit-taking scheme.

“This case is critical and of national importance not only to our rights to Free Speech, but also to prevent corrupt or misguided courts from protecting criminals from prosecution by slapping an injunction on those who have evidence of their crimes,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue.

A decision from the Supreme Court on Newman’s petition for a Writ of Certiorari is expected to be issued by the Court on March 29, 2018.

Read Newman’s Final Reply Brief

Blockbuster Intel Drop Reveals Trump is Trying to “End” Planned Parenthood – Twitter Attempts Censorship

By Cheryl Sullenger

It’s been called the highest level of intelligence to ever be dropped publicly in our known history. The source? A small group of insiders close to President Donald J. Trump that have chosen to reveal this unprecedented intelligence on an obscure message board under the mysterious initial “Q.”

Over the weekend, Q, also known as Qanon, turned its attention once again to Planned Parenthood.

Referenced was a January 7, 2018, post that encouraged readers to review the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ final report on Planned Parenthood and its participation in the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.

Review the Congressional Investigation on PP.
Be prepared for what you learn.
Next question – how are they allowed to operate?
These people are SICK!

But on March 10, 2018, Planned Parenthood was again mentioned – this time with new and encouraging information.

Review Congressional investigation.
Re_read drops PP.
We are working to END.
Not as it appears.

This information that the Trump administration is working to “END” Planned Parenthood is welcome news to pro-life activists who have wondered if there would ever be prosecutions of Planned Parenthood over their illegal profit-taking from the remains of aborted babies.

But the news comes with a grim warning. “Not as it appears.”

Could it be that the investigation into Planned Parenthood stumbled upon something bigger than just the callous illegal trade in human remains?

Minutes after I posted this new message to my personal Twitter feed, I received a message from Operation Rescue’s website security noting that it had blocked 113 attacks on over the previous 10 minutes.

I then attempted to post to Twitter an Operation Rescue article linking Planned Parenthood with a political scandal discussed in the recent Nunes Memo, which involved Fusion GPS’s fake reports paid for by the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign.

However, the tweet that contained the link to that report was continuously blocked by Twitter throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who could not post certain articles. Other Twitter users, including Infowars’ Alex Jones, complained of being unable to post links to conservative articles on March 10. The blocking has continued into this week with respected conservative Fox News pundits such as Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Sheriff David A. Clark, Jr. also posting that some of their tweets have been blocked.

Why has Twitter attempted to censor this content, including information about Planned Parenthood and their connections to political corruption?

There is obviously a political agenda involved in this effort to silence pro-Trump voices, which has been well documented by conservative media reports — and it’s only getting worse.

It seems that anything that makes Planned Parenthood and other abortionists look bad is covered up by the mainstream media and the liberal owners of popular social media platforms. The House Select Investigative Panel’s final report has plenty to say about Planned Parenthood that the left doesn’t want the public to know.

Within the 485-page document, we find detailed information about Planned Parenthood, the middleman biotech companies that paid them for aborted baby tissue and organs, and the research laboratories that purchased the human remains for the use in experiments that spark images of Josef Mengele and the Nazi-era experiments on concentration camp victims.

Perhaps that’s not a coincidence since Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, had links Ernst Rudin, the architect of the Nazi eugenics program. Sanger also “appointed Lothrop Stoddard as a board member of the Birth Control League (the forerunner of Planned Parenthood).” Stoddard met directly with Hitler and later commented that the Nazis were “weeding out the worst strains in the Germanic stock in a scientific and truly humanitarian way.” (Source.)

That “humanitarian way” apparently included Mengeles’ inhumane experiments.

Is it just another coincidence that Select Panel’s final report contains stunning details of Planned Parenthood’s connections to scientists who engaged in morally suspect experimentation on human baby tissue, some of which was cut from the bodies of still living infants?

In the Select Panel’s report, we also find information about other abortion businesses that are alleged to have engaged in human atrocities.

For example, the University of New Mexico (UNM) engaged in a plan to expanded second and third trimester abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), the largest late-term abortion facility in America. SWO became UNM’s sole supplier for aborted baby remains that were shipped to buyers throughout the U.S.

But that wasn’t the only use for aborted baby body parts.

Dr. Paul Roth, chancellor of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and dean of the School of Medicine, admitted on video that staff from the UNM used brains of aborted babies procured from SWO for dissection by high school students at a summer camp.

Such a class project would certainly desensitize teens the brutality of abortion in the same way that the brutality and death witnessed in WWII concentration camps desensitized the Nazi guards to the point they could commit unspeakable atrocities against their captives.

But the UNM/SWO partnership is not the only shocker in the Select Panel’s report.

In Houston, Texas, several abortion clinic workers came forward to reveal that the abortionist they worked for often would birth babies alive during late-term abortions, only to slice their necks or twist their heads until they died — information first reported by Operation Rescue. Gruesome photographic evidence of at least one aborted baby appeared to support these claims.

Is it any wonder that the abortion-loving left doesn’t want this truth about the horrors of abortion to become public?

Thankfully, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infants Lives, referred UNM, SWO, and the head-twisting Houston abortionist to the Department of Justice for further investigation and prosecution along with Planned Parenthood.

Aside from the brutality of abortion, Operation Rescue has often expounded on important connections that link Planned Parenthood to high level political corruption.

After the Select Panel report revealed that Planned Parenthood of Orange County was a human tissue supplier to DaVinci Biosciences and DaVinci Biologics, Operation Rescue reported that the DaVinci companies were owned by a corrupt group of Ecuadorians who bought political favor from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that expedited their escape from Ecuador so they could avoid prison on their corruption convictions.

Why would Clinton bend over backwards to expedite visas for these Ecuadorian criminals? What was it about their trade in aborted baby remains with Planned Parenthood that warranted the intervention of the Secretary of State?

There is more than meets the eye to Planned Parenthood and their connections to highly placed individuals who are seemingly steeped in political corruption.

As Q put it, Planned Parenthood is “Not as it appears.”

But how do we know the Qanon intelligence is real? Remarkably, the Q posts have been repeatedly confirmed by breaking news headlines, and even by President Trump himself through the repeating of Q language in Twitter and in his speeches. Only someone near the President would have foreknowledge of his tweets and speech texts.

“How many coincidences before it becomes mathematically impossible?” Q has asked.

If Q’s March 10 Planned Parenthood post is indeed correct, we should be grateful for the Trump administration’s historic efforts to shut Planned Parenthood’s corrupt enterprise down. Perhaps the Department of Justice investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged crimes, launched by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is about to bear fruit.

Considering the depths of evil that has compelled Planned Parenthood to brutally kill millions of human babies in the most barbaric of ways – and the influence they have had on other human rights abusers throughout their hundred-year history – the end of Planned Parenthood cannot come soon enough.

Curtis Boyd Under Investigation by NM Medical Board in Abortion Patient’s Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – A complaint filed by pro-life activist Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico has prompted the New Mexico Board of Medicine to initiate a board complaint in order to further investigate abortionist Curtis Boyd, 80, and his conduct during a late-term abortion complication that left Keisha Atkins, 23, dead on February 7, 2017.

In a letter from the New Mexico Medical Board dated March 2, 2018, Shaver was notified that a review by the Board’s Executive Committee determined that Shaver’s allegations warranted “further formal review to determine whether the licensee [Boyd] is in violation of the Medical Practices Act.”

Because the NMMB does not accept third-party complaints, the Board notified Shaver that it would initiate a board complaint in order to proceed with their investigation.

This abortion-related death is particularly troubling in light of a criminal investigation that is currently underway by the U.S. Department of Justice into Boyd’s Albuquerque late-term abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) and the University of New Mexico (UNM). A U.S. House investigation found that UNM had aggressively worked to increase second and third trimester abortions at SWO, which, in turn, became UNM’s largest provider of aborted baby tissue and organs. The House investigative panel issued criminal referrals of SWO and UNM to the DOJ because it found that the SWO/UNM baby parts arrangement violates state and federal law.

Shaver learned of Atkins’ death in August 2017. She later obtained Adkin’s autopsy report along with a CAD printout of a 911 call placed by SWO on February 7, 2017 – the date of Adkin’s death. In consultation with Operation Rescue, it was found that both documents raised serious questions about the mishandling of Adkin’s medical emergency, and suspicions of an attempted cover-up.

“UNM and Boyd’s abortion business carry a lot of political power in New Mexico. It’s possible that cover up of Atkins’ true cause of death was politically initiated to keep the heat off Boyd who was already the target of a Federal investigation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Atkins was estimated to be in her sixth month of pregnancy or later when she reported to Southwestern Women’s Options on January 31, 2017, to begin a four day late-term abortion procedure that was to be done by the elderly Boyd. Four days later, on February 3, 2017, Atkins returned to SWO for the completion of the abortion where she displayed labored breathing and signs of sepsis, a systemic, life-threatening infection.

An ambulance was called to transport Atkins from the abortion facility to UNM Medical Center for emergency treatment, but it was later cancelled. Atkins eventually was transported to UNM Medical Center by unknown means where she died hours later.

The autopsy suspiciously claimed Atkins’ pregnancy was the cause of her death, and that her pregnancy resulted in a fatal “pulmonary thromboembolism due to pregnancy.”

However, closer inspection of results within the autopsy report revealed that the patient’s cause of death was more likely attributable to a septic infection caused by repeated insertion and removal of laminaria dilators, along with the fact that she carried her dead baby for four days after Boyd initiated his or her death in the womb on the first day of the abortion procedure. It is also possible that unsanitary conditions or practices contributed to the development of sepsis.

That infection triggered the fatal onset of a clotting disorder called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which resulted in internal organ hemorrhaging and pulmonary thromboembolism.

“We commend Tara Shaver and Abortion Free New Mexico for their diligent work in documenting this abortion patient death and the suspicious circumstances that surrounds it. The fact that the very liberal NMMB is pursuing an investigation into Boyd’s possible violations of the Medical Practice Act validates Shaver’s concerns and ours about his negligent conduct,” said Newman. “Keisha Atkins deserves justice and her family deserves closure. We are cautiously hopeful that this new investigation will accomplish both.”

Read the 3/2/2018 NNMB letter to Shaver.
Read Abortion Free New Mexico’s 3/8/2018 press release.
Read more information about Atkins’ death and her autopsy findings.

Outrageous! St. Louis Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Hospitalizes 2nd Woman in 11 Days — 69 Overall

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – Just eleven days after a Planned Parenthood patient was transported from their St. Louis abortion facility, an ambulance transported yet another Planned Parenthood patient to a hospital emergency room.

Kathy Forck, Campaign Director for 40 Days for Life in Columbia, Missouri, told Operation Rescue that she spoke with one witness who told her that “the ambulance lights were on coming down Forest Park, turned off when entering [Planned Parenthood]. When the ambulance left, the lights were initially on and the ambulance proceeded down Forest Park with the lights off.”

This raises questions about whether Planned Parenthood is complying with a recently enacted law that makes it a crime for abortion facility employees to ask that ambulances run without lights and sirens since that delays emergency care for patients. During the incident on February 24, 2018, lights and sirens were also not in use.

“There needs to be an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is in compliance with the law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If they are delaying emergency medical care to patients, they should be held accountable in court like anyone else who commits crimes.”

This represents the sixty-ninth medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at this facility in the past eight and a half years.

According to Forck, “an additional 80 visits to emergency rooms from this same clinic during the same time frame” has been uncovered by Missouri pro-life activists.

Combined with the medical emergencies that took place at the Planned Parenthood in St Louis, this means a total of 149 women have required emergency care after abortions there, for an average of one injured woman every 20 days over the past eight and a half years.

This all comes as the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen is attempting to pass Board Bill 34, which would create an eight-foot buffer zone that would prevent those offering practical assistance to women entering Planned Parenthood. An earlier vote on the bill was postponed and a new vote date has not been confirmed.

The proposed buffer zone is considered by pro-life groups to be unconstitutional because it would create a solid line that pro-life advocates could not cross. This would prevent sidewalk counselors from handing literature to those entering Planned Parenthood who actually want the information.

Brian Westbrook, Executive Director of Coalition for Life St. Louis reports that calls for police service at Planned Parenthood, which have been exaggerated and used to argue in favor of the bill, have actually decreased 89% over the past three years, and that only 15 calls for police assistance were made in 2018. One of those calls was for an assault on a peaceful pro-life activist, according to Westbrook.

“Due to the dangers posed by Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, the proposed buffer zone would prevent pro-life activists from offering warnings and practical help to women so they won’t become the next unwilling visitor to the emergency room,” said Newman. “Instead of protecting Planned Parenthood, the Aldermen should be thinking of ways to protect women and their babies from this very dangerous Planned Parenthood abortion business.”

Operation Rescue Defends Against “Friendly Fire” Attacks on Peaceful Civil Disobedience

By Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger

Operation Rescue has a rich heritage derived from its experience as largest movement to engage in peaceful civil disobedience that our nation has ever witnessed. While our tactics have changed with the times, we still treasure our history of peaceful disobedience and the legacy of sacrifice of tens of thousands of moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and pastors and priests who risked their freedom to place their bodies between the abortionist and the baby that was scheduled to die.

Occasionally, we will still engage in the tactic to draw attention to the plight of the pre-born, such as when Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, was arrested with a number of other pro-life leaders in 2015 while peacefully praying during a sit-in outside former Speaker John Boehner’s office in Washington, D.C. in an effort to persuade the U.S. House to vote as promised on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Today, civil disobedience at abortion facilities, which essentially was halted by the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, has been revived in a modified form by Red Rose Rescues. Those who participate in these rescues do not block ingress and egress. Instead they peacefully enter the abortion facility waiting room and offer women red roses in the tradition of Canada’s heroic activist Mary Wagner. Peacefully, some strike up conversations with women who are awaiting their scheduled abortions while others sit and pray. If police ask them to leave, they usually will decline the invitation and allow themselves to be arrested rather than leave babies to die alone.

While Operation Rescue has not participated in any of the Red Rose Rescues, we support them and have the utmost respect for those who are willing to sacrificially obey their consciences in this area.

Learning from History. Today, there are a large number of people in the pro-life movement who were not involved – some were not even born yet – when the rescues were saving babies and grabbing national headlines in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Because of this, many do not understand the tactic of rescue, what it did for the pro-life movement, and how it lit the fires of revival in the hearts of those who participated. They cannot comprehend how 75,000 peaceful Christians willingly going to jail to save a life challenged the conscience of America on the matter of abortion.

It is important to note that not one of those arrests at the abortion clinic doors was related to violence. Operation Rescue was the largest civil disobedience movement in U.S. history. History shows that in direct response to the rescues, sidewalk counseling ministries and pregnancy help centers exploded in number across the nation. In addition, the Rescue Movement motivated pro-life Christians to seek public office in record numbers and engage in other spheres of influence where their advocacy on behalf of the pre-born would have lasting impact.

As custodians of the legacy of Operation Rescue, we are obligated to offer a defense against a recent attack launched against the use of peaceful civil disobedience and the Red Rose Rescues by a group known as Sidewalk Advocates for Life (SAFL). The attack came in the form of a video posted publicly on Because this attack was public, it merits a public response.

Fear is the basis for the video. It is unfortunate that those involved in producing the SAFL never experienced those heady years of rescue. They express a great deal of fear of something they simply cannot understand. They fear losing access to sidewalks near abortion facilities should the nominal acts of civil disobedience continue – something that never happened during the Rescue years. They express an unfounded fear of having their sidewalk counseling ministry destroyed, fear of violence, fear of a negative public reaction to the rescues, and more. The video’s message is characterized by fear.

However, 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Fear is never an appropriate Christian response to uncertainty. Instead, the Bible teaches us to “fear not.”

The video neglects to mention the history of support for civil disobedience from countless spiritual leaders. Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Dobson, Dr. Falwell, Dr. Gary North, Dr. Grant, multiple bishops — even Pope John Paul II — and so many more theologians publicly cast their support behind peaceful, non-violent intervention on behalf of the pre-born babies. Scripture clearly allows for civil disobedience to rescue innocent life. The Egyptian midwives birthed the babies of the Hebrews and refused to kill them as mandated by law. The New Testament addresses civil disobedience in Acts 5:29, where Peter asserts that we ought to obey God rather than man. During WWII, some heroes, such as Oscar Schindler and Raul Wallenberg, defied the law of the Nazis and saved many lives from the concentration camps. As Christians, there is ample Biblical and historical support for engaging in peaceful civil disobedience to save innocent lives.

Fear of FACE and buffer zones. The SAFL video misapplies the 1994 Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act as an argument against the Red Rose Rescues even though no access is blocked during these events. This modified form of rescue does not violate the FACE law as written. It is sad to see former abortion clinic employees in the video still repeating Planned Parenthood’s FACE rhetoric against pro-life activists who are not even violating FACE, and even sadder to see SAFL fearfully adopting that rhetoric as their own. As for buffer zones around abortion facilities, none have been enacted due to acts of civil disobedience. Many of the buffers that have been put into place — primarily to hinder legal sidewalk ministries protected by the First Amendment — have not withstood Constitutional muster.

The makers of the video have also opposed other successful life-saving tactics. Sidewalk Advocates for Life has chosen to attack and oppose other life-saving tactics, such as the use of Abortion Victim Photography, picketing or protests, and the use of bullhorns at abortion facilities.

It seems that SAFL has stood in opposition to really anything that might make abortion facility workers feel uncomfortable. Sometimes discomfort is necessary to bring about repentance and/or bring offenders to justice. Why this group feels the need to exert control over pro-life activism in an attempt to eliminate proven life-saving tactics is really is puzzling – unless they have been unduly influenced to acquiesce to the comforts of abortion facility workers, a number of which appeared in their video. If that is the goal, it has the (perhaps) unintended consequence of minimizing the overall effectiveness of the pro-life voice.

We have no doubt that if Planned Parenthood submitted the Sidewalk Advocates for Life video as evidence in court against peaceful civil disobedience and protests or in support of a buffer zone law, the judge would rule in Planned Parenthood’s favor. This places the SAFL directly on the side of Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Cartel!

Fear of placing themselves in peril. John 15:13 states, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” When pro-life activists place their lives and liberty on the line in order to save babies, that stands as a powerful act of love and a testimony to the culture that pre-born babies are worthy of the personal sacrifice. Many pro-life activists have bravely placed themselves in peril of lawsuits and jail time to save lives from abortion.

Sometimes social movements need a courageous few to ignite a fire in the conscience of a nation. Would these same people who criticize rescuers and others deride the Civil Rights movement because they broke the law in acts of civil disobedience, and in doing so, brought fundamental change in our nation? Our prayer is that millions would step up and boldly resist abortion and end this battle forever in the spirit of men and women like Rev. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, the Egyptian midwives, Oscar Schindler, Raul Wallenberg, the Apostle Peter, and Mary Wagner.

We can no longer be silent while ideology of the Abortion Cartel takes root and grows within the pro-life movement. We must stand strong and resist the leaven before it leavens the whole movement, and diminishes our voice and our ability to end abortion once and for all.

“Cleanse out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump,” states I Corinthians 5:7 in part. It is our prayer that SAFL will put aside their attacks on Rescuers using the fear-based rhetoric of the Abortion Cartel, and instead walk forward with their life-saving ministry in faith, boldness, and grace toward others.

[Note: Operation Rescue did try to communicate about this with SAFL through private channels prior to writing this defense, but was rebuffed.]