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By Anna Quindlen | June 24, 1993
LIKE-MINDED women sighed and said, "It's going to be a lon summer." In Minneapolis and St. Paul, where people joke that there are only two seasons, winter and road work, you don't hear that line very much. But Operation Rescue had come to town, and those who believe abortion should stay legal were expecting the summer to be long and hot, as Wichita's had been just two summers ago.So far, in fact, the right-wing anti-abortion group, which specializes in clinic blockades and provider harassment, has been remarkably quiet.
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By DAVID G. SAVAGE and DAVID G. SAVAGE,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 1, 2006
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ended a 20-year-old lawsuit against militant anti-abortion groups yesterday, ruling unanimously that their use of "physical violence" outside clinics did not violate the anti-racketeering laws. The decision marked the third time this case had been decided by the Supreme Court, and this time, they made sure it would be the last. In yesterday's ruling, Justice Stephen G. Breyer said Congress did not create "a freestanding physical violence offense" in the federal extortion law known as the Hobbs Act. Instead, Breyer wrote, Congress addressed violence outside abortion clinics in 1994 by passing the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which allows for court injunctions to set limits for such protests.
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July 16, 1992
NEW YORK -- A federal judge yesterday ordered the arrest of six members of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue to face contempt charges for thrusting a fetus at Bill Clinton and for blockading abortion clinics.Among those to be arrested are Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, and Keith Tucci, its executive. No representatives from Operation Rescue appeared at the hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Ward in Manhattan.Other defendants are Harley Belew, who tried to give the Democratic presidential candidate a fetus in a plastic container Tuesday; Patrick Mahoney; Joseph Foreman, who is also a member of Missionaries to the Pre-Born and Youth for America; and Robert Schenck.
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By Maura Reynolds and David G. Savage and Maura Reynolds and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 9, 2005
WASHINGTON - John G. Roberts Jr.'s 1991 arguments in a case involving the right of protesters to block access to abortion clinics emerged yesterday as a central point of contention between opponents and supporters of his nomination to the Supreme Court. A leading abortion rights group, NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the first anti-Roberts attack ad, highlighting his role in Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Center, a case the Supreme Court heard that year. "America can't afford a justice whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans," the ad says.
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By TRB | September 12, 1991
Washington. -- One of the most mendacious chapters of the Reagan administration was the Bob Jones University episode of 1982. That was when the Justice Department reversed a long-standing government policy denying tax-exempt status to private schools that exclude blacks. Although the reversal was in response to a campaign by Southern conservatives, the administration piously insisted that its action implied no endorsement of tax exemptions for racist schools. They would sincerely like to deny these tax exemptions, Reagan administration officials maintained, but the law gave them no such authority.
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By Los Angeles Times | January 22, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Police arrested 360 anti-abortion demonstrators yesterday who tried vainly to shut two abortion clinics during the first of two days of protests planned in the capital by groups on both sides of the abortion issue.Protesters were led by Randall A. Terry, director of Operation Rescue, a national anti-abortion group whose members said yesterday that they were rescuing babies from death.The effect of the protest was mainly symbolic. Police prevented the demonstrators from blocking doors of the Washington Surgi-Clinic and another site a few blocks away.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer | April 30, 1992
BUFFALO, N.Y.-- The anti-abortion forces of Operation Rescue, facing strong opposition from pro-choice activists and poor local support in this heavily Roman Catholic city, yesterday suspended their efforts to blockade abortion clinics.The unexpected decision brought a halt to 11 days of sometimes violent protests marked by more than 400 arrests. But spokesmen for the organization said they might resume their street action by this morning.Operation Rescue spokeswoman Karen Swallow Prior said sessions of prayer and discussion would continue "indefinitely," but added that more direct action was likely before the operation, dubbed "Spring of Life," ends Saturday.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 7, 1991
WICHITA, Kan. -- The U.S. Justice Department joined Operation Rescue yesterday in opposing a federal judge's order that abortion protesters stop blocking access to two Wichita clinics.Operation Rescue leaders said it proved that the government sided with their view.But U.S. Attorney Lee Thompson, who filed a motion on behalf of the U.S. government, said, "The filing by the United States takes no position on the activities of [Operation Rescue] but reiterates the government's view that the matters in litigation should be addressed in state court."
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By New York Times News Service | July 12, 1992
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It looked as though it might be the most favorable territory yet for the national anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. But a 6-foot-high chain-link fence, brutal Louisiana summer heat and a heavy police presence took the edge off the protests that ended yesterday at the Delta Women's Clinic here.Operation Rescue chose Louisiana for its effort in part because of the state's strong anti-abortion reputation.But despite some angry pre-dawn confrontations and jeering demonstrators massed at the fence's gates, the doctor at the clinic said he was able to perform abortions throughout last week's protests.
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By Los Angeles Times | April 21, 1992
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Vowing to turn this Lake Erie city into the "next Wichita," militant anti-abortion activists have made preparations here for a massive anti-abortion campaign.The campaign, organized by the national anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and dubbed "Spring of Life," is patterned after the group's 46-day siege last summer of abortion clinics in Wichita, Kan., that resulted in 2,600 arrests.In a day of relative calm before major protests were to begin today, abortion opponents held protests outside a local abortion clinic and conducted passive-resistance training sessions and a rally at a suburban Roman Catholic church.
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By Jan C. Greenburg and Jan C. Greenburg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 27, 2003
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared yesterday that federal extortion and racketeering laws could not be used against abortion protesters blocking clinic entrances, handing a victory to civil liberties groups that said a contrary decision would have stifled all types of political protest. Ruling 8-1 in a Chicago case, the court said abortion protesters had not committed extortion under federal law when they blocked clinic entrances. The court also rejected claims that the protesters, led by Operation Rescue's Joseph Scheidler, had violated federal anti-racketeering laws originally aimed at combating organized crime.
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By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 2, 2001
WASHINGTON - The caustic words - the talk of a "culture of death" and "crimes against humanity" - were familiar. So was the face - the impassioned blue eyes, wire-rimmed glasses and thick, gold-flecked hair. But where anti-abortion figure Randall Terry once stirred tens of thousands, attracting huge activist crowds to demonstrations outside clinics, waving grisly photos of aborted fetuses and happily going to prison in the name of the unborn, yesterday he stood virtually alone. Protesting against embryonic stem-cell research, the militant founder of Operation Rescue marched in front of the White House with his new wife, his daughter, his puppy - and, most notably, without the Christian anti-abortion movement he helped mobilize.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | July 12, 1993
About 200 abortion rights activists, including men dressed in women's clothing, gay men and lesbians, staged a "kiss-in" and confrontational protest yesterday outside a St. Louis Park, Minn., church.Police arrested six abortion-rights supporters on charges of assault and obstructing traffic. Four others were arrested on charges of stalking Operation Rescue members later.The protesters demonstrated outside Calvary Temple, local headquarters for Operation Rescue, as about 300 churchgoers worshiped inside.
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By Aaron Epstein and Aaron Epstein,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 9, 1993
WASHINGTON -- As demonstrators prepare to block access to abortions in seven states this weekend, operators of abortion clinics can't expect much help from Washington.The Supreme Court has curbed the federal role in policing the protests, and a national legislative remedy awaits action in Congress.As a result, when the Operation Rescue protests begin today, clinic operators will have to rely primarily on varying -- and frequently less effective -- state laws to protect them against the blockades, which have turned ugly in recent years.
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By Anna Quindlen | June 24, 1993
LIKE-MINDED women sighed and said, "It's going to be a lon summer." In Minneapolis and St. Paul, where people joke that there are only two seasons, winter and road work, you don't hear that line very much. But Operation Rescue had come to town, and those who believe abortion should stay legal were expecting the summer to be long and hot, as Wichita's had been just two summers ago.So far, in fact, the right-wing anti-abortion group, which specializes in clinic blockades and provider harassment, has been remarkably quiet.
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By New York Times News Service | May 13, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Janet Reno is urging Congress to move swiftly to make violence or threats against abortion providers and women seeking abortions a federal crime.Ms. Reno told the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee yesterday that legislation now before it would not threaten the free-speech rights of abortion foes.She added that the legislation was needed because "in recent years, anti-abortion activists have increased the intensity of their activities from picketing to physical blockades, sabotage of facilities, stalking and harassing abortion providers, arson, bombing" and finally the murder of Dr. David Gunn at a Pensacola clinic.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | July 12, 1993
About 200 abortion rights activists, including men dressed in women's clothing, gay men and lesbians, staged a "kiss-in" and confrontational protest yesterday outside a St. Louis Park, Minn., church.Police arrested six abortion-rights supporters on charges of assault and obstructing traffic. Four others were arrested on charges of stalking Operation Rescue members later.The protesters demonstrated outside Calvary Temple, local headquarters for Operation Rescue, as about 300 churchgoers worshiped inside.
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By Los Angeles Times | October 7, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for the Bush administration and the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue are urging the Supreme Court to declare that federal judges have no power to break up human blockades of abortion clinics.Department of Justice attorney John Roberts Jr. said yesterday that the administration does not defend the tactics of Operation Rescue and other anti-abortion groups that block access to clinics, but he argued the issue should be left to state courts.At issue is whether a post-Civil War measure known as the Ku Klux Klan Act can be applied to the modern-day fight over abortion.
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By Anthony Lewis | March 15, 1993
THE murder of a doctor in Pensacola, Fla., tells us the essential truth about most anti-abortion activists. They are religious fanatics, who want to impose their version of God's word on the rest of us. For them the end justifies any means, including violence.Dr. David Gunn was shot in the back three times during an anti-abortion demonstration at Pensacola Women's Medical Services. The leader of the protest, John Burt, said the man charged with the killing, Michael Griffin, had been in church last Sunday:"He asked that the congregation pray, and asked that we would agree with him that Dr. Gunn would give his life to Jesus Christ.
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By ROGER SIMON | March 14, 1993
"We don't condone this, but we have to remember that Dr. Gunn has killed thousands and thousands of babies."So said Rescue America's John Burt after the murder last week of Dr. David Gunn, 47, outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla.Rescue America is an anti-abortion group and John Burt cares passionately for the "unborn."It's some of the living he doesn't seem to have much use for.Another anti-abortion group, Operation Rescue, distributed a "wanted" poster last year featuring a picture of Dr. Gunn.
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