Meet The Right-Wing Terrorist Group Behind The Doctored Planned Parenthood Footage

The right-wing will go to any length to demonize Planned Parenthood, as the recent footage released by the Center for Medical Progress shows. Now, Media Matters reports the Center for Medical Progress is informed by the anti-American right-wing religious terrorist group, Operation Save America — also known as Operation Rescue.

The Truth About The Video

Operation Rescue admits that they helped create the video, which has been condemned in the media as “shady.”  On their website, the group says the Center for Medical Progress’ anti-woman campaign was created “in consultation with” them:

Operation Rescue screenshot

Is it safe to assume they oppose organ donation?

Operation Rescue talks about the “Abortion Holocaust” and seeks to end it by “systematically harassing” people who work at clinics that preform abortions. What does “systematically harassing” mean? Bombings, shootings and murder.

A History Of Violence And Intimidation

Operation Rescue has a history of violence towards clinics that preform abortions. One of their senior policy advisers, Cheryl Sullenger, was sentenced in 1987 for plotting to bomb an L.A. clinic. And while she says that she “regrets her actions,” she nevertheless helped Scott Roeder, the man who assassinated Dr. George Tiller, follow Tiller’s court dates.

This systematic harassment also includes posting the addresses of doctors and people who work at clinics that preform abortions:

Operation Rescue maintained and still maintains something that they call “Tiller Watch” on their Web site. Allies of Dr. Tiller in Kansas say that until recently, Operation Rescue also posted online the doctor‘s real home address and the address of his church — which, of course, is where Dr. Tiller was ultimately murdered this weekend allegedly by Scott Roeder.

And stalking:

Operation Rescue’s smear campaign against Phares is part of a new strategy to shut down abortion clinics by systematically harassing their employees into quitting. Banned by law from blockading clinics as it did in its early days, Operation Rescue has taken its offensive to the front lawns and mailboxes of clinic workers. In Wichita, members of the group rummage through employees’ garbage in search of incriminating information. They tail them around town as they run errands. They picket clinic staffers at restaurants while they’re inside having dinner and castigate them while they’re standing in line at Starbucks. Operation Rescue is also visiting companies that do business with the clinic and threatening them with a boycott if they don’t sever their ties with the facility. This is America’s new abortion war, and the objective, in military terms, is to cut off the supply lines to abortion clinics and demoralize their troops.

And blackmailing businesses that work with the clinics:

Newman and his staff have spent months compiling a list of more than 200 “abortion collaborators” — companies that do business with Women’s Health Care Services and its employees. They plan to approach every firm on the list — from the guy who mows the clinic’s lawn to the cafe that sells Tiller his morning latte — and lobby them to stop doing business with the facility. At the top of the collaborator list is Wesley Medical Center. Wesley is vital to Tiller’s clinic: It’s where his patients are taken if there is a medical emergency. Newman has written to Wesley’s board of physicians to request that they retract hospital privileges for Tiller’s patients. If they refuse, Newman plans to expose them as Tiller’s accomplices: “We’re thinking of taking out an ad in the local newspaper, naming Wesley’s physicians and accusing them of supporting a baby killer.”

Their inflammatory rhetoric is also worthy of note; in addition to the cliched “abortion holocaust,” they’ve compared pro-choice/pro-life groups to Judas Iscarot and Nazi collaborators. They’ve also compared support for pro-life policies like abortion to the Dred Scott decision, and argued that it was “judicial tyranny” that a man who killed a doctor that preformed abortions couldn’t call it a “justifiable defensive action.”

A Web Of Lies

In addition to being a terrorist organization, Operation Rescue is part of a larger, more complicated web formed by anti-choice groups. This web, mapped out in a large RH Reality Check infographic, includes anti-choice politicians, groups, and organizations, all of which feed back into one entity: the Center for Medical Progress.

You can see the infographic below:

RH Reality Check Infographic

It should be obvious by this point that the video is doctored and that the CMP should be summarily dismissed out-of-hand as a partisan, biased source. Since they tell a story that right-wing Christians desperately want to believe, however, they — and their web of lies — won’t be going anywhere for a while.

Feature image via Media Matters

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