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Operation Rescue's Troy Newman speaks at the National March for Life youth conference in Ottawa on May 15, 2015.Alissa Golob / Campaign Life Coalition

OTTAWA, May 19, 2015 ( –“This is a love story—and a war story,” Troy Newman of Operation Rescue told several hundred young pro-lifers in Ottawa, at the beginning of a high-energy speech describing his organization’s long battle for the lives of unborn babies (the love story) and against abortionists across the U.S. (the war story).

A gifted communicator, Newman clearly has a knack for publicity, provoking coverage in Rolling Stone Magazine, the New York Times, TASS and Al Jazeera, as his organization caused the shutdown of dozens of abortion facilities since 1991 as part of a 71 percent decline in the number of clinics in the U.S. since 1991 plus a reduction in actual abortions from 1.2 million annually to 800,000.

In his talk at a youth conference in conjunction with Thursday’s March for Life, Newman made a frank call for sacrifice with an extended description of the American settlers who won independence for Texas from Mexico, starting with 200 who defied the Mexican army at the Alamo in 1836. Another band of Texans had surrendered to avoid the massacre at the Alamo, but had all been executed anyway. But while those that went down fighting at the Alamo, Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett, are world famous as heroes, the second group was remembered only as victims if at all.

But Newman’s message was not to go down fighting, but to fight and win. Operation Rescue, he recounted, had itself moved from civil disobedience to something more aggressive and successful. “We’d sit down, lock arms and pray. It was the biggest civil rights movement in U.S. history, with 75,000 arrests,” he said.

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But Operation Rescue’s volunteers found “jail sucked,” he said, and worse, they didn’t stop abortions. A new strategy was developed based on the idea that “It was time to put the abortionists behind bars, to put them in the orange jump suits.” Operation Rescue began researching abortionists and observing clinic operations closely. Quoting George Orwell, author of the novel 1984, he said, “In times of universal deceit, to tell the truth is a revolutionary act.”

“The abortion industry are not health care providers, they are murderers,” he told his audience, naming a half dozen women who had died under the abortionist’s knife or in hospital later, adding that the full list was much longer. “They are liars,” he went on, listing abortionists who had faked their credentials or hidden their prison time.

“They are criminals,” he said, naming yet more abortionists jailed for sexually abusing sedated abortion patients, murdered their wives, stolen drugs, or operated under filthy conditions. “They are racists,” he said, describing how infamous abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell operated two waiting rooms to keep his Caucasian patients from his Black ones. The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, he continued, had never hidden her desire to use contraception to suppress non-Northern European populations in America, while PP continues to concentrate its aborting efforts in non-white neighborhoods.

Newman exhorted his audience to pursue abortionists relentlessly and if they couldn’t shut them down entirely, to discourage their business in as many ways as they could. They operate on small profit margins, he said, so a slight reduction in clientele could prove decisive. If they stop operating in a city, their advertising stops too, he said, and many women, instead of making long trips to abortionists in other cities and states, have their babies instead.

“Don’t let life happen,” he concluded, “make life happen.” And remember the Alamo.


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