New Effort Calls for Janet Napolitano’s Removal After Memo Targeting Pro-Lifers
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A collection of pro-life and other groups have banded together to sponsor a newspaper advertisement and Internet-based effort calling on the removal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. They are upset by her department sending a recent memo targeting pro-life advocates.
Napolitano’s agency sent a report to police and sheriff’s departments saying people who oppose abortion are likely to engage in terrorism and right-wing extremism.
A footnote attached to the nine-page report from the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis says the activities of pro-life advocates is included in "rightwing extremism in the United States.
"It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration," the warning says.
Twenty organizations are sponsoring ads with the tag-line No Political Profiling and demanding the removal of Napolitano. They say her report "smears" the good name of millions of pro-life advocates.
Some of the sponsors include the American Family Association, Religious Freedom Coalition, Georgia Christian Alliance, Population Research Institute, and AFA of Pennsylvania.
The color ad is running in today’s Washington Times and also as a full-page ad The Washington Times Weekly edition. The coalition is also raising the funds to place the ad in other major newspapers.
The ad demands Napolitano’s removal, retraction of the report, and an apology from President Barack Obama.
Janet Folger Porter, a national political talk show host and chair of the coalition, told LifeNews.com, "If we don’t speak out against this unconscionable attack on law-abiding citizens now, the left will use it to discredit everything we do from this point forward."
"Those who care about freedom are urged to sign our petition," she said.
The Obama administration sent the document to police and sheriff’s departments across the country on April 7 under the headline, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."
Other groups behind the advertising ad campaign include Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education, Eagle Forum of Alabama, Liberty Counsel, Move America Forward, Operation Rescue, and the Traditional Values Coalition.
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