Scare: Pro-Life Group Receives Letter With White Powder
by Steven Ertelt | Wichita, KS | LifeNews.com | 7/6/11 5:27 PM
A national pro-life organization has received a letter containing white powder — a scary situation that could mean the use of biochemical agents like anthrax or merely a scare tactic aimed at intimidating recipients.
Cheryl Sullenger, the deputy director of Operation Rescue, told LifeNews.com that the director of a central Kansas pregnancy center located next door to the national office of Operation Rescue opened an envelope from France that contained only white powder.
Some of the powder puffed out of the envelope after it was opened. The director double bagged the envelope and took it to OR director Troy Newman to get his opinion on what to do. Newman immediately called the FBI.
“Now we are locked down and they have set up hot, warm, and cold zones around the building,” Sullenger explained. “We are concerned that the package was meant for us and that they sent it to the the wrong building.”
The package is still on the porch of the building, which formerly housed an abortion business,and yellow crime scene tape surrounds the Operation Rescue headquarters.
“This is a cowardly act meant to scare and intimidate pro-lifers from continuing their lifesaving work, but these kinds of attacks only serve to strengthen our resolve,” Sullenger said.
Newman responded to LifeNews, saying, “This is the third anthrax scare at OR within 10 years. Recently our office was vandalized several times and our interns had their tires slashed. But this is not about us, or Operation Rescue, we speak on behalf of the preborn children who have no voice. The closer we get to victory the most vicious the – will be. We will not back down, we will not relent, we will press forward until every baby is saved.”
Newman and six other OR employees are currently quarantined inside the building and officials are preventing the public from coming near the headquarters while they test the contents of the package.
(Picture shows hazmat crews examination the letter).