- The Washington Times
Thursday, October 1, 2015

A prominent pro-life activist who sits on the board for Center for Medical Progress, the group responsible for releasing the undercover videos at the heart of the Planned Parenthood debate, has been detained in Australia after his visa was canceled over controversial writings about abortion providers.

Troy Newman, who also heads Operation Rescue, had been invited on a five-city speaking tour of the country by the Australian branch of the Right to Life association, The Guardian reported.

Australian politicians had called for the activist to be barred from entry because of past comments he made about violence against abortion providers and concerns that his “repugnant” views would “incite discord within the community and disrupt the ability of women to access lawful reproductive medicine,” Mediaite reported.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Wednesday that the government was taking action.

“I can confirm that my department has cancelled the visa for Mr. Troy Newman under Section 128 of the Migration Act,” the minister said. “Mr. Newman can appeal for a revocation of this decision, and no further comment will be made during this appeal period.”

So when Mr. Newman traveled to Melbourne on Thursday morning, he was detained by Australian Border Force staff. His lawyers filed an application for an urgent injunction with the high court in a bid to stop him from being deported, The Guardian reported. The immigration minister agreed to let Mr. Newman stay in Australia for 24 hours while the federal government decides what to do with him.

Mr. Newmanspoke of the ordeal on Facebook: “It is clear that the pro-abortion crowd does not want anyone to hear the truth about Planned Parenthood’s illegal actions.”

Operation Rescue said in a statement: “[Labor MP Terri Butler] sent a letter to Minister of Immigration Peter Dutton falsely accusing Newman of advocating the execution of abortion providers. She quoted from a book co-written by Newman called Their Blood Cries Out in a way that was completely out of context and twisted the meaning of a theological argument Newman was trying to explain.

Newman has never advocated violence against abortion providers or facilities and has instead aggressively encouraged pro-life activists to work through the legal, legislative, and justice systems to bring abortionists who are breaking the law and harming women to justice,” the group said.

In the same statement, Right to Life Australia said the group was “very upset that this has happened and are working furiously to turn it around.”

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