Roundup: Operation Rescue’s Headquarters Attacked

Amy Dempsey

Operation Rescue's Headquarters Attacked; President Obama and the Pope Will Meet; Operation Rescue's "Research Project"

Operation Rescue’s Headquarters Attacked
An unidentified person tried to disable anti-choice group Operation Rescue’s security system Friday, according to The Christian Post.
Operation Rescue’s president Troy Newman is one of four people who were
at the headquarters during the incident. Newman confronted the man, who
then tried to attack Newman. After throwing his bike, he fled the scene
with one security camera. No one was injured, as reported in the article.

The Christian Post also reports:


"Pro-life groups have been fearful of a backlash in the aftermath of the murder of late-term abortion
provider George Tiller. Although the accused killer, Scott Roeder, is
not tied to any pro-life groups, he was a staunch anti-abortionist. And
abortion supporters have blamed the rhetoric of conservative groups for
fueling the violence."

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Thursday, Operation Rescue released tapes and e-mails containing death
threats. One message said, "time to start killing Bible-thumping
morons," according to the article.

Rescue moved their national headquarters to Wichita to protest abortion
provider Dr. George Tiller’s clinic. Tiller was killed May 31 at his
church, where he was serving as an usher.

President Obama and the Pope Will Meet

the G8 summit in July, President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI will meet
for the first time. Although Obama and the Vatican support a stronger
relationship with Muslims, the two do not agree on abortion. Obama
favors a woman’s right to choose, which the Vatican opposes, according
to an AFP article.
Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman said:


"On his upcoming trip overseas on Friday, July 10th, the president will
visit with the holy father, Pope Benedict the XVI, to discuss a range
of issues, including their shared belief in the dignity of all people."


The Pope does not only plan to meet Obama. The article said:


"The Vatican spokesman also announced that during the G8 summit the pope
will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, the first Catholic to
hold that post in Japan, on July 7 and Australia’s leader Kevin Rudd on
July 9."


Obama took office in January, he lifted former president George W.
Bush’s restrictions on government funding for embryonic stem-cell
research and for family planning groups. The Vatican had strong
connections with Bush, who also opposed abortion, according to AFP.

Operation Rescue’s "Research Project"
The Kansas City Star
reported that Operation Rescue wants to hear from any woman who has
been given an abortion by Dr. LeRoy Carhart in the last five years.
Carhart is an abortion provider in Nebraska, and also assisted Dr.
George Tiller at his Wichita clinic.

Operation Rescue’s Web site says the group is doing a "research project."

The article says:


If experience is any guide, this "research project" will result in
unverifiable and downright bogus allegations, which the group will make
public. It’s the sort of information that just might inflame an
unbalanced person like Scott Roeder, the man accused
of shooting Tiller in his church — where, by the way, Operation Rescue
had protested and disrupted services numerous times.


June 27: Psychology Today: The murder of Dr. George Tiller: Whose Truth Counts?

June 28: HuffPo: Most Americans Want Sotomayor On Court

June 28: Post and Courier: Overcoming odds

June 28: Dissident Voice:Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Racialization, Ideology and the "Imagined Latino Community"

June 28: Star-Telegram: Graves:Abortion is a choice. So is adoption

June 27: Feministing: Specific intiative(s) to prevent teen Latina pregnancy…

June 29: Daily Mail: Two or more abortions could more than DOUBLE chances of a premature birth next time

June 29: Daily News: Members of the Gay Liberation Front reunite to remember the birth of a movement

June 28: Christian Post: Pro-Life Office Attacked in Aftermath of Tiller’s Murder

June 28: Argus Leader: My Voice: Those who provide abortions are no heroes (Letter)

June 27: Midwest Voices/Kansas City Star: Operation Rescue turns its sights on Nebraska abortion doctor


June 28: Women’s Grid: Call for volunteers – helping Irish abortion seekers

June 28: Traverse City Record-Eagle: The abortion debate

June 27: Catholic News Agency: Cardinal O’Malley pulls out from health joint venture over abortion

June 28: Last Trumpet Living/LifeNews: Pro-Life Democrats Tell Nancy Pelosi: No Health Care Reform With Abortion

June 28: Concord Monitor: Doctor’s death deserves outrage

June 28: Wichita Eagle: DCCCA to drop adoptions, foster care and focus on family preservation

June 26: NYTimes: Bloggingheads: Cash for Babies?

June 27: Blog of the Moderate Left: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


June 28: Christian Examiner:Appeals Court upholds Virginia’s partial-birth abortion ban

June 28: Morning Sentinel: (Letter) No surprise when fanatic shoots abortion provider

June 28: All in the Mind Blog: The stories we don’t hear about adoption

June 27: NYTimes Happy Days Blog: Born Again in Brooklyn

June 26: Catholic Herald: Bishops: Abortion ‘is not a medicine’

June 27: Reform and Revive: John Piper on Obama & Abortion

June 27: Danbury News-Times:Will the abortion war end?

June 27: Star News Online: Teen Insight – Shooting abortion provider no way to address controversy

June 27: Feministe: Cash for Babies

June 27: Catholic News Agency:Amnesty International attacks Poland abortion policy

June 27: Christian NewsWire: Operation Rescue Office Attacked in Broad Daylight

June 27: Crooks and Liars: Eliminationism on parade: Coulter, Joe the Plumber, and military chaplains’ leader wish for deaths

June 27: Between the times: The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

June 27: Sentinel Source:Firms step up at adoption time

June 28: The Hindu: Mixed signals

June 27: Optimum Population Blog: Ensuring Universal Access to Family Planning

June 27: Catholic News Agency: California school district votes to let students leave campus for services like abortion


June 26: Catholic News Agency: Canadian bishops clear charity of funding abortion groups in Mexico, Peru still in question

June 27: Cleveland Sun-Sentinel: Cornerstone Among Women provides free prenatal vitamins

June 27: Command the Raven/LA Times: Churches prepare in case gun violence shows up at the altar

June 26: Metro Catholic: Late-term Abortion Ban Protects ‘Weakest, Most Helpless Beings,’ Federal Court Rules

June 26: LifeNews: Abortion Advocate Nearly Runs Over Pro-Life Planned Parenthood Protestor

June 27: NewsOK: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe bill may ease rules for adoption

June 26: The Ledger:Breaking Barriers: Language, Religion Hinder Frank Talk About AIDS

June 26: Daily KOS:Abortion and Health Care: Why the So-Called "Pro-Life" Politicians Need To Step Up.

June 27: Trinidad and Tobogo Express: Govt does not support abortion

June 26: Latin America Press:Emergency contraception in doubt

June 26: HuffPo: CVS: Condoms Vs Shoplifters

June 26: AFP: Obama to meet pope on July 10

June 26: LifeNews: First Hearing for Alleged Shooter of Abortion Practitioner George Tiller Delayed

June 27: Mercury News: As economy in Silicon Valley slides, birth control booms

June 26: Citizen Link: Southern Baptist Convention Encourages Adoption

June 26: LifeSiteNews: Indian Women March against Sex-Selective Abortion

June 26: LifeNews: Respected Pro-Life Physician: International Abortion-Maternal Death Data Wrong

June 26: AP: Calif. man arrested in abortion confrontation

June 26: Seattle Times: Economy causes crisis in Northwest abortion funding

June 26: LifeSiteNews: Editorial: Archbishop Weisgerber is Wrong – Vatican Stopped its Donation to UNICEF in 1996

June 26: LifeSiteNews: Pro-Life Democrats Unite to Protect Unborn Children in Healthcare Restructuring

June 26: Examiner: What are the effects of open adoption over time?

June 26: AllAfrica: Liberia: Govt. Urged To Lift Suspension on Adoption

June 23: Public Discourse: Is the Abortion Debate Over?

June 26: The Frisky:Period Reducing Birth Control May Not Be Creepy, But It’s Definitely Uncomfortable

June 26: Optimum Population Blog:Global Experts Gather to Discuss Family Planning Crisis

June 25: Americans United for Life:Fourth Circuit’s Partial-Birth Infanticide Ruling Echoes AUL Brief

June 25: National Catholic Reporter: The flip side of finding common ground

June 25: Chicago Tribune: Generic vs. Brand Name Birth Control

June 26: Morgan County Citizen:I Disagree

June 26: Catholic Exchange:"Worst Person in the World"

June 26: AP: Abortion opponents ask feds to investigate threats

June 25: Wichita Eagle: Letters to the editor: Pregnancies, O’Reilly, Operation Rescue, health rationing, Colin Powell, Pearce column

News Human Rights

Feds Prep for Second Mass Deportation of Asylum Seekers in Three Months

Tina Vasquez

Those asylum seekers include Mahbubur Rahman, the leader of #FreedomGiving, the nationwide hunger strike that spanned nine detention centers last year and ended when an Alabama judge ordered one of the hunger strikers to be force fed.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for the second time in three months, will conduct a mass deportation of at least four dozen South Asian asylum seekers.

Those asylum seekers include Mahbubur Rahman, the leader of #FreedomGiving, the nationwide hunger strike that spanned nine detention centers last year and ended when an Alabama judge ordered one of the hunger strikers to be force-fed.

Rahman’s case is moving quickly. The asylum seeker had an emergency stay pending with the immigration appeals court, but on Monday morning, Fahd Ahmed, executive director of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), a New York-based organization of youth and low-wage South Asian immigrant workers, told Rewire that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer called Rahman’s attorney saying Rahman would be deported within 48 hours. As of 4 p.m. Monday, Rahman’s attorney told Ahmed that Rahman was on a plane to be deported.

As of Monday afternoon, Rahman’s emergency stay was granted while his appeal was still pending, which meant he wouldn’t be deported until the appeal decision. Ahmed told Rewire earlier Monday that an appeal decision could come at any moment, and concerns about the process, and Rahman’s case, remain.

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An online petition was created in hopes of saving Rahman from deportation.

ICE has yet to confirm that a mass deportation of South Asian asylum seekers is set to take place this week. Katherine Weathers, a visitor volunteer with the Etowah Visitation Project, an organization that enables community members to visit with men in detention at the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, told Rewire that last week eight South Asian men were moved from Etowah to Louisiana, the same transfer route made in April when 85 mostly Muslim South Asian asylum seekers were deported.

One of the men in detention told Weathers that an ICE officer said to him a “mass deportation was being arranged.” The South Asian asylum seeker who contacted Weathers lived in the United States for more than 20 years before being detained. He said he would call her Monday morning if he wasn’t transferred out of Etowah for deportation. He never called.

In the weeks following the mass deportation in April, it was alleged by the deported South Asian migrants that ICE forcefully placed them in “body bags” and that officers shocked them with Tasers. DRUM has been in touch with some of the Bangladeshis who were deported. Ahmed said many returned to Bangladesh, but there were others who remain in hiding.

“There are a few of them [who were deported] who despite being in Bangladesh for three months, have not returned to their homes because their homes keep getting visited by police or intelligence,” Ahmed said.

The Bangladeshi men escaped to the United States because of their affiliations and activities with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the opposition party in Bangladesh, as Rewire reported in April. Being affiliated with this party, advocates said, has made them targets of the Bangladesh Awami League, the country’s governing party.

DHS last year adopted the position that BNP, the second largest political party in Bangladesh, is an “undesignated ‘Tier III’ terrorist organization” and that members of the BNP are ineligible for asylum or withholding of removal due to alleged engagement in terrorist activities. It is unclear how many of the estimated four dozen men who will be deported this week are from Bangladesh.

Ahmed said that mass deportations of a particular group are not unusual. When there are many migrants from the same country who are going to be deported, DHS arranges large charter flights. However, South Asian asylum seekers appear to be targeted in a different way. After two years in detention, the four dozen men set to be deported have been denied due process for their asylum requests, according to Ahmed.

“South Asians are coming here and being locked in detention for indefinite periods and the ability for anybody, but especially smaller communities, to win their asylum cases while inside detention is nearly impossible,” Ahmed told Rewire. “South Asians also continue to get the highest bond amounts, from $20,000 to $50,000. All of this prevents them from being able to properly present their asylum cases. The fact that those who have been deported back to Bangladesh are still afraid to go back to their homes proves that they were in the United States because they feared for their safety. They don’t get a chance to properly file their cases while in detention.”

Winning an asylum claim while in detention is rare. Access to legal counsel is limited inside detention centers, which are often in remote, rural areas.

As the Tahirih Justice Center reported, attorneys face “enormous hurdles in representing their clients, such as difficulty communicating regularly, prohibitions on meeting with and accompanying clients to appointments with immigration officials, restrictions on the use of office equipment in client meetings, and other difficulties would not exist if refugees were free to attend meetings in attorneys’ offices.”

“I worry about the situation they’re returning to and how they fear for their lives,” Ahmed said. “They’ve been identified by the government they were trying to escape and because of their participation in the hunger strike, they are believed to have dishonored their country. These men fear for their lives.”

Roundups Law and Policy

Gavel Drop: Republicans Can’t Help But Play Politics With the Judiciary

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

Republicans have a good grip on the courts and are fighting hard to keep it that way.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.

Linda Greenhouse has another don’t-miss column in the New York Times on how the GOP outsourced the judicial nomination process to the National Rifle Association.

Meanwhile, Dahlia Lithwick has this smart piece on how we know the U.S. Supreme Court is the biggest election issue this year: The Republicans refuse to talk about it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging doctors to fill in the blanks left by “abstinence-centric” sex education and talk to their young patients about issues including sexual consent and gender identity.

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Good news from Alaska, where the state’s supreme court struck down its parental notification law.

Bad news from Virginia, though, where the supreme court struck down Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will leave behind one of the most politicized state supreme courts in modern history.

Turns out all those health gadgets and apps leave their users vulnerable to inadvertently disclosing private health data.

Julie Rovner breaks down the strategies anti-choice advocates are considering after their Supreme Court loss in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.   

Finally, Becca Andrews at Mother Jones writes that Texas intends to keep passing abortion restrictions based on junk science, despite its loss in Whole Woman’s Health.