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Operation Rescue to upload 1,000-plus documents to its abortion-provider database

Posted on: February 13th, 2012 by The American Independent 2 Comments

Operation Rescue announced today that it has received more than 1,000 documents that it will upload to its database of abortion providers. (more…)

Anti-abortion group launches database of abortion providers

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Operation Rescue has launched a new website that contains a database of abortion providers all over the country. (more…)

Anti-abortion group looking into Planned Parenthood relationship with HHS Sec. Sebelius

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
Operation Rescue has joined other anti-abortion groups in Kansas in a campaign accusing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of being involved in the 2004 destruction of records related to allegations made against Planned Parenthood. At the time, Sebelius was serving as Kansas’ governor.

Operation Rescue is asking the governor’s office for records “related to interactions between Sebelius and her staff and Planned Parenthood and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment from May 26, 2004,” which is around the time the records were shredded.

The group’s press release says:

Operation Rescue has filed the first round of open records demands with the Kansas Governor’s office and with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) seeking public records that might reveal who was involved in shredding incriminating evidence against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri in 2005.

“There is no way that this was routine evidence destruction, as Planned Parenthood attorneys are so desperately trying to make us believe. This was a brazen act that was meant to destroy the evidence against Planned Parenthood in order to maintain Planned Parenthood’s stream of public funding,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Nothing less than millions of dollars in tax funding and the future of Planned Parenthood as an organization are at stake in this case, because if Planned Parenthood is convicted, it will no longer qualify for Title X money.”

“Planned Parenthood’s TOP forms contained evidence of felonies and were destroyed. The WHCS forms that did not contain such evidence were kept safe. That does not sound like routine document destruction to me. It sounds like a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Sebelius Administration,” said Newman.

“We believe there is a paper trail out there that will show exactly who is responsible for the selective evidence destruction. We intend to keep asking for records until the truth comes out.”

Officials say the shredding was part of a “routine” destruction of state documents,The Kansas City Star reported. The records were also shredded two years before charges were even filed. However, anti-abortion activists in the state insist there was incriminating evidence in the files and are convinced Sebelius is part of a conspiracy to hide the documents.

The City Star also reported that the man who alleged wrongdoings in Planned Parenthood has a history of ethical misconduct in the state of Kansas. The man, Phill Kline, was “indefinitely suspended from practicing law in Kansas, saying his investigations were marred by ethical misconduct that included providing false or misleading information to the courts,” City Star reported.

Newman has touted the tactic of charging clinics with breaking the law in an effort to get them shut down. He has toold The Florida Independent that anti-abortion groups such as Operation Rescue need to focus on having abortion providers prosecuted.

“I have yet to find an abortion mill that doesn’t violate the law,” Newman said.

This past March, Newman said that “exposing the abuses of the abortion-cartel” and prosecuting-providers will continue to play a big role in the anti-abortion movement moving forward. “That is what we will be coming down on,” he said.

Sebelius has been a common target for anti abortion activists. Newman explains in this release that, “Sebelius left office to serve as Pres. Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she continues to promote abortion.”

Kansas group attacks Health and Human Services secretary for Planned Parenthood case

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment
The anti-abortion group Kansans for Life is taking aim at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for a 2005 case involving Planned Parenthood. (more…)

Operation Rescue offers ammunition to House GOP trying to pass anti-abortion insurance bill

Posted on: October 13th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 2 Comments

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Anti-abortion-rights group Operation Rescue has released its most recent undercover look at the American abortion industry, using excerpted audio recordings to show “millions of tax dollars are already paying for abortions each year.” (more…)

Anti-abortion-rights activist hopes to be the David to Boehner’s Goliath in House primary

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Tuesday afternoon, in Speaker of the House John Boehner’s home state, anti-abortion-rights protesters are organizing a rally to encourage the Ohio Senate to pass controversial legislation that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. (more…)

Anti-abortion Operation Rescue calls Priests for Life financial allegations an ‘unfounded attack’

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments
The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue announced today that it is standing behind the leader of Priests for Life, Frank Pavone. Pavone was recently suspended from “engaging in active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, as a result of concerns about financial improprieties.” (more…)

Leader of Priests for Life suspended for suspicion of financial impropriety

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

According to Catholics for Choice, a religious pro-reproductive rights group, the leader of Priests for Life, Frank Pavone, “has been suspended from engaging in active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, as a result of concerns about financial improprieties.”

Pavone has been a prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement. He was scheduled to speak at this year’s Summer of Mercy 2.o event in Maryland.

Pavone is the national director of Priests for Life and is president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. He has spoken against Planned Parenthood and has backed some of the more controversial members of the anti-abortion movement, such as Randall Terry.

Even though Terry had called Pavone a perfect example of why the anti-abortion movement “is losing” the fight to stop abortion, Pavone has publicly vowed to vote for Terry. Terry, the founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, is running for president as a Democrat as a way to bring attention to abortion. He has admitted his campaign is a stunt aimed at creating “a crisis of conscience for Americans regarding the slaughter of the unborn and thereby hastening the end of legalized child-killing” and attacking “President Obama’s agenda starting with child-killing, but also including our battle against socialism, our enslavement to debt, and more.”

In a statement Pavone released with Priests for Life, Pavone accused Planned Parenthood of “targeting the abortion of black babies.” He also said the chain of women’s clinics “is eager and willing to cover up the prostitution enslavement of young girls — including minorities — so long as they make money doing it.”

According to a press release just issued by Catholics for Choice:

The local bishop, Patrick J. Zurek, wrote in a letter to all of the bishops in the US, “My decision is the result of deep concerns regarding his stewardship over the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization. The PFL has become a business that is quite lucrative which provides Father Pavone with financial independence from all legitimate ecclesiastical oversight.”

Pavone began running PFL full time in late 1993, and subsequently moved it from California to Port Chester, New York, and then to the New York City borough of Staten Island. In 2007 he transferred PFL to its current location in Amarillo, where an attempt to start a seminary for priests was abandoned due to a lack of recruits—despite the organization’s $10.8 million budget.

Pavone has used his own image and personality to promote his cause, posting large photographs of himself in a wide variety of materials, especially outdoor advertising. He often described himself in terms reminiscent of a touring performer or campaigning candidate for office. In a May 2006 letter to supporters, the PFL leader basked in the “commitment and enthusiastic response” of his fans. He added that the “dynamic” of his interaction with supporters—hence, not his commitment to the cause—was “what drew me into full-time pro-life ministry.”

The group also points to Pavone’s involvement in a slew of other radical anti-abortion rights campaigns, including the “pro-life freedom rides” and the Terri Schiavo case.