Newman Files Petition with Supreme Court Challenging Gag Order that Bans Sharing Evidence with Law Enforcement


Washington, DC – Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue and a founding member of the Center for Medical Progress, filed a petition yesterday to the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the Constitutionality of a preliminary injunction that prohibits the release of undercover videos recorded at National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings — even to law enforcement when they contain evidence of crimes.

The petition, captioned Newman v. National Abortion Federation, states:

This Petition stems from an injunction forbidding the voluntary disclosure to law enforcement agencies, other governmental bodies, and the general public of recordings and other information that the enjoined individuals and entities—as well as Congressional investigators—believe are evidence of widespread criminal, illegal, and unethical conduct, including felonies.

Newman is represented by Jay Sekulow, who leads Newman’s team of attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

During Newman’s tenure on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress, the NAF, and later Planned Parenthood, filed suits in a San Francisco Federal Court against Newman and others in an effort to prevent the release of further undercover videos that exposed the illegal trade in aborted baby body parts.

And it is little wonder that the NAF would not want the videos released.

Newman’s Supreme Court Petition notes that Congressional investigations conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referred members of the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for criminal investigation and prosecution.

Newman argues that the enjoined recordings corroborate the determination of the two Congressional investigations, which found evidence that NAF members (including several Planned Parenthood organizations) were engaged in the following criminal conduct:

• Profiting from the sale of fetal organs;
• Altering abortion procedures for financial gain;
• Performing illegal partial-birth abortions;
• Killing newborns who survived attempted abortions;
• Failing to obtain informed consent for fetal tissue donations;
• Violating federal regulations regarding Institutional Review Boards (IRBs); and
• Fraudulent overbilling practices.

Newman’s petition further states:

It has long been a tenet of Anglo-American jurisprudence that individuals who believe that they have information concerning criminal or illegal activities should be permitted, and encouraged, to voluntarily provide such information to government authorities. Similarly, investigative journalism concerning matters of public concern, including the uncovering of illegal, unethical, or troubling activities, is a constitutionally protected, venerable undertaking.

Newman’s unsuccessful appeal to the Ninth Circuit was joined by state 14 Attorneys General, led by Arizona, who are seeking to review the evidence contained in the recordings.

As the most important abortion case currently under litigation, Newman v. NAF could have profound implications on the future use of undercover investigative techniques and the ability of law enforcement to gather evidence in criminal investigations.

Read the Petition in Newman v. NAF

Bizarre: Late-Term Abortionist Sneaks Down Ladder into Window Well to Enter Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — As the notorious and aging abortionist LeRoy Carhart cuts back on his late-term abortion schedule at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, a mystery abortionist has been picking up the slack.

This man, who has yet to be identified, was caught recently in a video entering the abortion facility under police escort.

But that’s not the only way he has been seen entering the clinic.

Pro-life activists have seen him climbing down a ladder into the window well at the back of the office and entering through a window. This bizarre and unexplained behavior has been observed particularly on days that he comes in to do the grisly second and third trimester abortions.

Even more disturbing, local pro-life activists have told Operation Rescue that this abortionist does not use the same late-term abortion procedure as Carhart, who employs the Induction Abortion method developed by his former boss, George Tiller, of Wichita, Kansas.

The Induction method involves killing the baby in the womb with a drug called Digoxin, which is injected into the baby’s body. Afterwards, the woman’s labor is induced and she delivers her dead — but intact — child. The process can take 3-4 days.

However, the Window-Well Abortionist is said to use the Dilation and Evacuation method (D&E) on even the third trimester cases. Since he doesn’t use digoxin, this makes the aborted baby remains coveted by laboratories that engage in experimentation on fetal organs and tissues.

GRHS and LeRoy Carhart were investigated by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, who were suspected of selling aborted baby remains. Could this be what is going on at GRHS today?

Needless to say, this dismembering of third-trimester babies also poses a much greater risk to women since bone fragments from such abortions have been known to cause serious injuries to the mother.

With the Window Well Abortionist’s identity unknown, there is no way to know his competency level with this dangerous procedure or what kind of disciplinary record he has.

Could previous discipline or even trouble with the law be what he is trying to hide?

Anyone who knows the identity of this abortionist is urged to contact Operation Rescue at info.operationrescue @ or call 316-683-6790 anytime and leave a message. Anonymous tips accepted.

Photos and video courtesy of pro-life volunteers who regularly offer help to women outside GRHS.

Blind Pro-Life Activist Acquitted of Battering Abortion Guard Trying to Steal His Sign

KCFL volunteer Joseph Elmore, KCFL director Mark Gietzen, and David Schmidt emerge from the
Sedgwick County Courthouse after Schmidt’s acquittal. (Photo: Dion Lefler, Wichita Eagle)

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — A nearly blind pro-life activist has been acquitted of battery charges that were brought after he defended a sign that an abortion clinic security guard was trying to steal.

David Schmidt, 74, who is considered legally blind, was serving as a volunteer for the Kansas Coalition for Life (KCFL) in July 2016, taking shifts outside the South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility located in Wichita, Kansas. He was wrongly arrested and jailed after the abortion business’ security guard, John Rayburn, attempted to illegally confiscate a sign that Schmidt had tied to a chair used by KCFL volunteers. A tussle over the sign ensued. [Read Operation Rescue’s original report on Schmidt’s arrest.]

Schmidt was convicted of battery in Wichita Municipal Court in February, but appealed the case to the Sedgwick County Superior Court, where he was exonerated on July 25, 2017.

Representing Schmidt at the appeal were Wichita attorney Peter Orsi and Martin Cannon of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society.

“These two guys got me out from under a pile of manure,” Schmidt told the Wichita Eagle soon after his acquittal.

The incident that led to Schmidt’s arrest arose from the 2016 enactment of a new city sign ordinance, which bans traditionally protected forms of free speech, including the use of sidewalk chalk and signs that are not hand-held.

Rayburn told the court that he attempted to take Schmidt’s sign, thinking it was in violation of the sign ordinance.

However, the Wichita Eagle reported, “Judge Terry Pullman ruled that Rayburn had no legal right to seize the sign because he’s a private citizen and had not been trained by the city in sign-code enforcement.”

Cannon argued successfully that Schmidt had a right to defend KCFL property from theft.

“We consider the sign ordinance to be unconstitutional. The South Wind abortion clinic is using it to bully, harass and intimidate pro-life activists that are peacefully offering information and practical assistance to abortion-bound women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which is based in Wichita, Kansas. “The fact that the City would willing serve as abortion facility henchmen is appallingly wrong and unacceptable.”

Just last week, another KCFL volunteer, Jennifer McCoy, informed Operation Rescue that the South Wind abortion business called the police on a 12-year old girl in McCoy’s care who was drawing with chalk on the sidewalk outside the abortion facility. The child was completely unaware of the ordinance and was just passing time coloring on the sidewalk, as children often like to do.

After some discussion, the police thankfully declined to arrest the child.

UPDATE: Trial for Abortionist Caught in Illegal Rolling Abortion Scheme Delayed Again

By Cheryl Sulleger

Spartanburg, SC – A trial in the case of Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV, which was scheduled to begin last week, has been reset to begin the week of November 13, 2017.

Pendergraft and an accomplice were arrested on a highway near Spartanburg, South Carolina, on October 5, 2015, during a traffic stop in which Sheriff’s Deputies discovered illegal drugs and bloody, tissue-covered abortion instruments. This lead law enforcement to conclude that he was conducting an illegal abortion/drug business out of his van. Pendergraft is not licensed to practice in South Carolina.

Pendergraft was charged with 10 drug counts, including possession of sedation drugs used in abortions, LSD and marijuana.

Pendergraft’s case, which has been delayed several times already, was placed on the court docket for a jury trial beginning the week of July 24, 2017. However, the Spartanburg County Court takes the oldest cases on the week’s docket first. If the older cases take longer than expected, the newer cases are bumped to the next available space on the Court’s docket, which could be months away.

In the meantime, the State of Florida continues to battle Pendergraft’s appeal of the license revocation order for his three remaining abortion facilities. If Pendergraft is convicted in South Carolina, it is very likely that the state will prevail and his once formidable – but extremely dangerous – abortion empire will be shut down for good.

Operation Rescue will continue monitoring these cases.

Read background report for more information and links. Reports on New Book that Provides Shocking Details of Gosnell Trial

Philadelphia, PA –, one of the most read news sites on the Internet, has published a review of Cheryl Sullenger’s new book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, which provides shocking details of Gosnell’s 2013 abortion/murder trial.

But perhaps most importantly, the article points out a disturbing message in Sullenger’s book that the public would do well to heed:

It would be bad enough if the Gosnell case were an isolated incident, but Sullenger, who has over 30 years of experience researching abortion industry abuses, provides evidence that shows Gosnell is not alone.

Sullenger, who serves as Senior Vice President for Operation Rescue, attended the Gosnell trial and reported on it when other news organizations had no interest in it. She recounts the grisly testimony and evidence from a first-hand perspective, then shares documented examples of other abortionists who have engaged in conduct similar to many of Gosnell’s appalling practices.

She reveals that having an abortion in America today is fraught with many dangers of which most women are not aware.

Read the Exclusive, “Eyewitnesses take you inside abortion ‘house of horrors’”

Order The Trial of Kermit Gosnell at the WNDSuperstore or