Pro-Life Advocate Behind Shocking Planned Parenthood Videos Deported After False Arrest

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 2, 2015   |   9:55AM   |   Washington, DC

American pro-life activist Troy Newman is on the board of directors of the Center for Medical Progress, which is responsible for the series of 10 videos showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling aborted babies and their body parts. This week, he was slated to head to Australia for a pro-life speaking tour at the invitation of a local pro-life group, but the Australian government is not allowing him to remain in the country.

According to the pro-life group Operation Rescue, which Newman heads, the Australian government is relying on false allegations that Newman supports killing abortion practitioners as its reason for now allowing him to remain there for his speaking tour. Due to viciously false accusations brought by Australian pro-abortion activists and news media, Newman found out that his visa was revoked by the Australian government.

Upon arrival in Australia from the United States, Newman was arrested and detained in a “jail cell” while the Australian government went to work pushing papers to boot him from the country. Today, has learned that Newman has in fact been deported.

As Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue tells LifeNews, 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.

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Mary Collier of Australia Right to Life, which had invited Newman to Australia for a speaking tour, told reporters that “the judge found that the balance of convenience did not favor the grant of interlocutory injunction to prevent his removal from Australia while that serious question is tried. On this basis, the application for an interlocutory injunction was refused. Any final determination of the matter will occur at some later date.”

“It is a sad day when downright lies and twisted words triumphs over truth, but that is exactly what happened today,” said Sullenger.

“I’m sorry that the Minister of Immigration was so worried about covering up his judgement lapse that he forgot to be concerned about the consequences of his actions not only on Troy but on innocent bystanders involved in Troy’s life.”

Sullenger earlier in the day lodged a formal complaint with Minister Peter Dutton objecting to the poor treatment given Newman, which included holding him in solitary confinement, denying him access to his attorney, and banning any communication with his wife until just minutes before his final hearing.

Newman penned a two-page hand-written note that his wife photographed for publication.

He begins his letter with the heading “Political Prisoner 1-5BVUG6N,” which states in part, “I’m being held as a political prisoner in Melbourne, AU by Minister Peter Dutton. My visa was revoked as I was in the air. Please pray for me.”

Troy and his wife Mellissa are set to return home to the U.S. on the first flight in the morning, Melbourne time. Meanwhile, Troy remains incarcerated until his flight.

“We are disappointed that Troy cannot continue on with Australia Right to Life, but we will be glad to have Troy and Melissa safe at home soon. We will then consider our next step to set right this injustice,” Sullenger said.

On behalf of Troy and Mellissa and Operation Rescue, Sullenger thanks everyone at Australia Right to Life for working so hard to get Troy released and for taking such great care of Mellissa after the authorities turned her out into the airport with nothing but the clothes on her back.

“I understand that they were many, many people working behind the scenes for Troy’s release, and I am thankful for each and every one of them,” Sullenger continued. “During the last few days, thousands of pro-life supporters from every walk of life took to social media in support of Troy and his live-saving work and wrote messages on his behalf to Minister Dutton hoping that he would see reason, but unfortunately, we must to leave reason for another day.”

Meanwhile, Operation Rescue is lodging a formal complaint with the Australian Minister of Immigration Peter Dutton over Newman’s poor treatment.

Earlier today, 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.

Please object to:

Peter Dutton, Minister of Immigration
[email protected]