Operation Rescue Broke And On Brink Of Shutting Down
The anti-abortion group Operation Rescue is telling its supporters that it is facing “a major financial crisis” and my have to close its doors.
Troy Newman (in white jacket, right), the anti-abortion group’s president, blamed the economic downturn for its money woes in a desperate plea e-mailed Monday night to donors. But the Wichita-based organization has also been under attack from both fringe anti-abortion militants and abortion rights supporters since the May 31 shooting death of Dr. George Tiller.
“We’re now so broke (as the saying goes), we can’t even pay attention,” Newman wrote.
Being part of a larger movement where a fringe believes killing a doctor is okay probably doesn’t help, either. The group has four employees left and a $600,000 annual budget, and donations are down 30-40%.
Tiller’s killing has also been a public relations nightmare for the group – despite its public condemnation of the slaying – since the name and phone number of the group’s senior policy adviser was found in [accused killer Scott] Roeder’s car when he was arrested. A television crew zoomed in on the scrawled note inside the car in images that made their way to the Internet.
Operation Rescue may have renounced Roeder’s actions and had nothing to do with Tiller’s murder, but they did move their headquarters to Wichita, Tiller’s city, and some members of the group have been in touch with Roeder.Click here for reuse options!
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