Operation Rescue Opposes Nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Newman urges Senate Republican leadership to hold firm on their promise not to hold hearings on Obama’s SCOTUS pick.


Washington, DC — Operation Rescue announces its opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland currently serves as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is considered a “moderate liberal.”

“Millions of lives hang in the balance of each ruling on abortion put forth by the Supreme Court. I refuse to support any nominee — Republican or Democrat — that will not renounce Roe v. Wade and commit to restoring legal protections to the pre-born,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The Republican-controlled Senate leadership has pledged not to confirm any nomination for the Supreme Court made by Pres. Obama in this election year. The Judiciary Committee, which would be responsible to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, has vowed not to convene hearings for Obama’s pick.

“I strongly urge the members of the Judiciary Committee to hold fast to their promise, for the sake of the future of our country and the future of our posterity,” said Newman. “The Senate Republican leadership cannot afford to break this important promise to their conservative, pro-life base, if they expect us to vote for any of them ever again.”

Liberty Counsel Files Brief with US Supreme Court for Operation Rescue Citing Abortion Abuses


By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. – Operation Rescue’s research and data related to abortion abuses has been heavily cited in at least two amici curiae briefs that were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on February 3, 2016, in a case that will consider the Constitutionality of a Texas abortion safety law known as HB2.

An amici curiae brief has been filed on behalf of Operation Rescue by the Liberty Counsel in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Case 15-274.

The brief emphasizes that the Supreme Court should protect women, not abortion.

“We are gratified that at least two amicus briefs have drawn upon our data in support of their arguments that abortion poses serious risks to women and that the Abortion Cartel has whitewashed those dangers,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Texas law at issue is a correct and measured response to many of the abuses our own investigations have uncovered. We are thankful to the Liberty Counsel for preparing a brief on our behalf and to the American Center for Law and Justice for relying so heavily upon our data in support of protection for women.”

The Texas abortion licensing and safety law has already closed 20 substandard abortion facilities in Texas and significantly reduced abortion numbers.

In Operation Rescue’s brief, the Liberty Counsel notes that HB2, which requires physicians to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facilities among other provisions, is the appropriate response to health and safety risks posed by previously unaccountable abortion centers and is necessary to protect women from harm.

The Liberty Counsel frequently cites investigations and other data from Operation Rescue documenting poor facility conditions, the illegal disposal of recognizable aborted baby remains, and violations to the Texas 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws.

Based on Operation Rescue’s regulatory complaints, the abortion company that brought the challenge to the Texas law, Whole Women’s Health, was heavily filed and two of its abortionists were disciplined for violations uncovered during Operation Rescue’s investigations, as cited by the Liberty Counsel in the amici curiae brief.

In addition, the brief notes that additional data gathered by Operation Rescue in December during a meticulous survey of every abortion facility in the country, verified that the average wait time for an abortion as well as the average cost for an abortion in Texas falls below the national average in both categories, even though half of the state’s abortion clinics have shut down.

“Operation Rescue’s investigation refutes Petitioners’ ‘parade of horribles’ in which they claim that women will have to wait weeks for abortions if HB2 is upheld by the Court,” the brief stated.

The American Center for Law and Justice filed a brief on behalf of the Family Research Council and others that heavily relies upon information published by Operation Rescue.

The ACLJ’s brief strongly makes the point that abortion is not safe based on documentation that shows throngs of women have suffered life-threatening medical emergencies that required hospital transport and that some have even died as a result of abortion complications done in substandard, unaccountable facilities.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case on March 2, 2016, with a decision expected sometime in June.

Read Liberty Counsel’s Brief for Operation Rescue
Read the American Center for Law and Justice Brief

Call for FILIBUSTER of Elena Kagan

[Operation Rescue is joining with the Life Priority Network to call for the filibuster of Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.]

URGENT ALERT! The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to recommend to the U.S. Senate the confirmation of Elena Kagan for the US Supreme Court. Elena Kagan is a radical anti-life, anti-marriage and Constitution interpretation activist. A Committee recommendation could virtually assure her Senate confirmation and a lifetime of radical activism in the highest court of the land. Confirmation can be stopped now with a Committee filibuster under Committee Rule IV, http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/committee-rules.cfm.

Elena Kagan is an anomaly, unfit for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has never been a judge…anywhere. Here is her position on profound issues before the Nation:

  • Under the Clinton Administration she advocated partial-birth abortion, the cap-stone of radical abortionism. http://www.lifenews.com/nat6482.html
  • As the Dean of the Harvard Law School she accelerated and legitimized the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender “rights” concept and law studies at the Harvard Law School and in the larger community. http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen/10b/kagan/index.html
  • In Judiciary Committee hearings she expressed that precedent can trump original intent of the Constitution when formulating case decisions.
  • These are bedrock issues that reveal where she would take and make American law.


    Phone, fax, and/or e-mail the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee now and implore they filibuster the confirmation of Elena Kagan, which is possible under Committee Rule IV. Simply voting against her will not prevail over the Democrat majority of the Committee. Republicans must stand 100% united in a filibuster to stop this radical person from confirmation. Special emphasis needs to be placed on Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina who voted for confirmation of liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    Contact these Senate Judiciary Committee Republican Senators now:

    Lindsay Graham, SC (202) 224-5972 Fax: (202) 224-3808
    Jeff Sessions, AL (202) 224-4124 Fax: (202) 224-3149
    Orrin Hatch, UT (202) 224-5251 Fax: (202) 224-6331
    Charles Grassley, IA (202) 224-3744 Fax: (202) 224-6020
    Jon Kyl, AZ (202) 224-4521 Fax: (202) 224-2207
    John Cornyn, TX (202) 224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856
    Tom Coburn, OK (202) 224-5754 Fax: 202-224-6008

    Operation Rescue Opposes Kagan Nomination to Supreme Court, Supports Strategies That Stop Abortion Now

    Washington, DC – Operation Rescue opposes the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court and releases the following statement attributable to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

    Elena Kagan’s support for abortion and her predisposition for judicial activism makes her a poor selection. We need a justice that will uphold the Constitution, not rewrite it though judicial activism. It is clear that as long as Obama is president, we cannot expect anything other than the nomination of radical liberal pro-aborts, even though those with that political philosophy and agenda are opposed by the majority of the American people.

    It is also clear that we cannot wait until the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court is perfect before we employ effective strategies that will stop abortion now, regardless of the political posture of those in Washington, DC.

    Abortionists are their own worst enemies because they believe and act as if they are above the law. In fact, we have yet to find an abortion clinic that complies with all state and federal laws. Once their illegal activity is exposed and the laws are enforced, abortion clinics close. We know from experience that when abortion clinics close, lives are saved because women who would have considered abortion instead make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their babies.

    That is why Operation Rescue has instituted the Abortion Whistleblowers campaign that is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law. [Read about Abortion Whistleblowers.]

    We know that all babies will never be safe until the laws of our nation are amended to provide pre-born children with the necessary legal protections. For those laws to be amended and upheld, we will require a conservative majority on the Court. While we must work to oppose Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, we will also continue to work through proven peaceful, legal strategies, like the Abortion Whistleblowers campaign, to close abortion clinics, hold abortionists accountable to the law, and significantly diminish the number of abortions now.

    Judiciary Committee Clears the Way for Sotomayor’s Confirmation Vote By Full Senate

    Washington, DC – The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today by a vote of 13-6. The vote was split on party lines, with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who jumped over to support Sotomayor along with the Democrats on the committee.

    This clears the way for the full Senate to consider her nomination. A date for that vote has not been set as of this writing.

    “We understand that it is virtually assured that Sotomayor will be confirmed, but it is important to continue to voice opposition and allow the dialog about her liberal support for abortion to be conducted in the public forum,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

    “Senators are supposed to represent the wishes of the American people, but so often they are non-responsive because they believe that either no one is watching, or that there will be no consequence for ignoring their constituents,” said Newman.

    “It is the job of every pro-life American to let their senators know that neither Sotomayor nor anyone else who supports the killing of innocent children through abortion, is fit for dog catcher, much less the Supreme Court. Senators need to know that a vote for Sotomayor will earn a vote for their opponent on Election Day.”

    Operation Rescue urges all pro-lifers to call their senators, write letters to their local newspapers, and urge all their friends and family to do the same.

    “Post your views and links to the Senate contact page on your Facebook pages, Twitter, and other social networking sites. We must take the abortion debate to the public forum and let Washington know that the American people do not support liberal judges that will uphold abortion on demand or Senators who vote to confirm them.”

    Contact your Senator