Australian gov detains pro-life leader on false charges of violence #FreeTroyNewman
FRIDAY UPDATE from Operation Rescue: The Australian High Court has ruled that the Ministry of Immigration was justified in withdrawing Troy Newman’s visa and has ordered him deported. Newman will also have to pay court costs.
Newman had appealed the decision to cancel his visa, which was down while he was enroute and without proper notification sought to enjoin the government from deporting him. (MORE)
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According to a video uploaded by Operation Rescue president, Troy Newman he has been detained due to a canceled visa from the Australian government.
Newman, was on his way to speak to a pro-life group and said he had no indication that his visa has been revoked until he was on route.
“As many of you know I’m scheduled to speak in a national tour with Right to Life Australia from the 1st to the 10th of Oct. But the Australian government revoked my visa at the last minute. The revocation was based on a pile of lies, including the idea that I promote violence. My 25 year history of peaceful, prayerful action speaks for itself,” Newman wrote on his Facebook page.
At one point in his travel between Denver and Los Angeles, airport security notified Newman that his visa had been revoked.
“I was pulled off a plane in Denver and told I could not travel to Los Angeles. And then on to Melbourne Australia. I am scheduled to speak on Friday at Right to Life of Australia’s main convention in Melbourne,” Newman reported on his Facebook page!
“It is clear that the pro-abortion crowd does not want anyone to hear the truth about Planned Parenthood’s illegal actions. Please pray for me I’m stuck in Denver airport like a man without a country. Please share this video [below] and make it go viral.”
Newman eventually made his way to Melbourne but was detained at the airport and is being held there by security.
“Through a chain of events the Lord has allowed me to get on a plane in spite of many objections by the airlines and Australia,” Newman said.
According to media reports, Labor member of the Australian Parliament Terri Butler, a pro-choice politician was behind the effort to stop Newman from entering Australia.
The New York Times reported that Butler, wrote to Peter Dutton, the minister for Immigration and Border Protection, saying she was concerned that Newman could inspire “the harassment and intimidation of women accessing reproductive services and professionals offering those services at medical clinics” or even “threats or the commission of acts of violence.”
Newman is on the board of the Center for Medical Progress which has been accusing Planned Parenthood of the illegal selling of baby parts. The group caught several Planned Parenthood top executives admitting to the horrific operation on the babies the abortion business aborts.
“It’s not because he’s anti-choice. It’s because he advocates executing doctors #sept28, ” Butler tweeted after Newman was detained.
Katrina Haller of Right to Life Australia said despite the claim Troy Newman has been accused of violence – he and their protests have always been peaceful.
Newman’s peaceful protests are well documented state side and there has never been a substantiated charge of violence against Newman to date.
The Guardian states that Newman’s lawyers, Clothier, Anderson and Associates, said that Newman has never incited violence.
Reporting the following:
Counsel for Newman said the federal government’s decision to prevent the speaker from coming to Australia was flawed because Newman has never incited violence.
While Newman has been arrested for taking part in anti-abortion protests in the US, he has never been charged or advocated violence, the high court heard on Thursday evening.
“The basis of the [visa] finding seems to rest solely on the adverse reaction to my client’s presence in Australia,” barrister Richard Knowles said. “There was no question at all that that my client has ever advocated violence.”
Tonight, Australian media reported that High Court Justice Geoffrey Nettle has adjourned the matter until Friday afternoon to give Mr Dutton time to consider the case overnight.
They went on to report:
Melissa Newman told ABC’s 7:30 that Australian authorities should free her husband, who is reportedly holed up in a cell in Melbourne Airport.
“I don’t know what they’re afraid of. I don’t know what they think he’s going to do here,” she said.
“We just went to another airline and booked our tickets to LAX [Los Angeles International Airport]. When we got to LAX we had our boarding pass, already, because they issued it in Wichita from LAX to Melbourne,” Ms Newman said.
“They let us on the plane without any trouble at all.”
According to media reports, Newman arrived in Melbourne via United Airlines flight, which they say now faces a potential fine for carrying him.
As a result of the detainment, pro-life activists are using the hashtag #FreeTroyNewman to call for the Australian Government to let him go.
In a late hour update from Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger, she asked pro-lifers to e-mail Australian minister Peter Dutton (email@example.com) on Newman’s behalf.
- “Troy has been prevented from communicating with his wife the entire time he has been there. He is now being held at a military facility with no communication –not even a phone call. He is being held like a prisoner without bail. He NEVER received official notice that his visa was cancelled, only hearsay from friends. And he was prevented from flying on his original flight from Denver to LA but a foreign government that should have no power in the US.
“Please drop everything and do it now. I am trying to get a press release out now. We need public pressure.
“They have dropped the “violence angle” and are planning to file new charges of illegal entry even though no one stopped him from getting on plane in LA.
“Please share and let’s flood the minister with objections to Troy’s treatment and demands for his release.
Late Thursday evening, Operation Rescue denounced the Australian Government’s poor treatment of Troy Newman writing in part:
Newman was moved from the airport to a secondary facility on a military base where is his being held with criminals. Newman has been denied communication with his wife during his entire unjust detention.
He was detained after his visa was cancelled without notice. He never received official notice of his visa cancellation, which was done to appease a pro-abortion Member of Parliament who lied about Troy advocating the killing of abortion providers to accomplish the cancellation and silence Newman’s peaceful pro-life message.
Newman has never supported violence against abortion providers and statements from a book co-written by Newman have been taken out of context in order to twist the meaning to one that was never intended in the context of the book. Newman’s remarks were in the context of a theological study of a government’s ability to institute capital punishment, and was never in advocation of violent acts against anyone. What was never mentioned by Newman’s detractors was that the book also explained that in addition to judgement is mercy, and the ability to receive repentance, forgiveness, and restoration through Jesus Christ.