You may not be familiar with Troy Newman and that’s probably a good thing.
He is an anti-abortion campaigner from the US and head of Operation Rescue, a Christian pro-life organisation who employ extreme, damaging tactics in an ongoing fight to limit the reproductive rights of women.
On Monday — which ironically was Global Day of Action for Access to Abortion — Newman announced he would be arriving in Australia in early October for a series of speaking events organised by Australia’s own backwards looking pro-life group Right to Life Australia.
His impending visit sparked outrage in the community and he has now been blocked from entering the country by the Federal Government.
In a Facebook post, Newman announced that he had been pulled off a plane in Denver and told he would not be travelling to Los Angeles and then Melbourne.
Watch him struggle to comprehend it in this glorious video:
Newman is the campaigner responsible for such offensive efforts as the series of fake undercover videos claiming to show Planned Parenthood staff selling body parts of aborted foetuses for profit, which have been cited by many Republic members in their attempts to defund the safe abortion clinics.
He claims to be dedicated to showing the ‘truth’ of abortion and was behind Truth Trucks in the US, which are designed to shame women out of accessing safe, legal abortion options by subjecting them to graphic images of aborted foetuses.
His ideology is probably most explicitly spelled out in his book Their Blood Cries Out, which was first published in 2000 and calls on Christians to join the abortion “rescue” movement to absolve America of its “’bloodguilt”.
Operation Rescue actively campaigned against Dr George Tiller, one of the only late-term abortion providers in the US, with Newman inciting his followers to gather — and make public — as much information about abortion providers as possible, including details of companies providing goods and services to clinics, and photographs of staff and patients.