The other day, we posted on a Washington Post article highlighting a recent fund-raising letter from Operation Rescue warning that it was on the verge of shutting its doors if it didn’t get donations and financial help soon.
Now, OR’s Troy Newman is complaining that the letter “is being misreported by the media“:
Media obtained a copy of the letter and then started placing stories indicating Operation Rescue “is very close to shutting down unless emergency help arrives soon” (Associated Press). That report quotes Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman as saying: “We’re so broke (as the saying goes), we can’t even pay attention.”
But Newman tells OneNewsNow that report is an exaggeration. “Rumors of Operation Rescue’s demise are grossly overrated — and it’s something that the liberal left-wing media loves to salivate over,” he states.
One report theorized the pro-life group suffered financially because of its long campaign against late-term abortionist George Tiller, who was murdered in May. AP refers to the murder as “a public relations nightmare” for the group. But Newman says that is not true.
“The real impact upon us and all non-profits is that the economic crisis, the recession that we’re in that began late last year, has impacted everybody, across the board, 30-40% down in their giving — and Operation Rescue is no different,” he adds.
Newman says there have been good and bad times during his 20 years of ministry, but they rely first on the Lord and secondly on donors. The end result, he shares, is that no bills have gone unpaid.
Really? Because if you read the letter Newman sent out it seems as if the media reports were entirely accurate. After all, how else are you supposed to interpret Newman’s assertions that the organization was “now so broke (as the saying goes), we can’t even pay attention,” admissions that “we struggle to pay every bill [and] had to borrow money just to send you this letter,” and warnings that “we’re completely out of money” and that “we’re getting very close to the point of shutting everything down if emergency help doesn’t arrive soon”?:
Dear Friend of Operation Rescue,
I need you to please stop whatever you’re doing right now and read this letter. It’s that urgent.
At this moment, I’m writing this from a closed abortion mill.
It’s the one in Wichita, Kansas, where more than 50,000 innocent babies were brutally murdered from 1983 to 2006, until we at Operation Rescue bought the building and kicked the baby-killers out!
The abortion staff who worked here never re-opened. They are permanently out of business. And babies are thereby saved.
We “exorcised” this building and turned it into our national headquarters. So now, babies are being saved in this building! And I firmly believe that the souls of the 50,000 babies killed here are cheering me on.
I sure hope so. Because right now, I need cheering on.
You see, this summer has been brutal for Operation Rescue. Not only did George Tiller’s death throw everybody in the pro-life movement for a loop (and especially us), but the economic crisis our nation is suffering from has brought our financial support to nearly a halt.
We’re now so broke (as the saying goes), we can’t even pay attention.
Seriously. We struggle to pay every bill. I had to borrow money just to send you this letter, in hopes that you will come to our rescue so that we can continue to rescue babies.
And, what’s really frustrating is that this crisis couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Because, in the next 30 days, we’re planning to launch the most ambitious and most significant project in our entire history.
It’s something that’s going to devastate the abortion cartel. It could even help end abortion in America once and for all.
Basically, it centers around our unique ability to close abortion mills.
And although I can’t go into detail about it — because we need to take the abortion cartel by surprise — I can tell you that it will be a totally NEW phase in the pro-life fight.
We’ve been working on it all summer. And we were planning to launch it in the next 30 days.
However, now that we’re completely out of money, I’m afraid we won’t even be able to launch it… ever!
And that would be the worst defeat imaginable.
The only thing that can save this project is EMERGENCY FUNDING — and EMERGENCY PRAYERS — so that we can move forward as planned.
Because when abortion mills get closed, babies are saved.
It’s just that simple.
For instance, here at the closed abortion mill that’s now my office, we recently had a young woman knock on our door.
She came for an abortion, because she thought this was still an abortion mill. The same one where she had an abortion as a teenager years ago.
What she got instead was about an hour of much-needed counseling from our staff, plus an armload of educational materials.
And, praise God, she’s decided to keep her baby!
With our new project, we can continue to close abortion mills around the country — faster and easier than ever before.
Why, just last year, we were instrumental in closing at least 10 mills!
And as you’ll see on the enclosed yellow sheet of paper, we’ve closed more than 40 abortion mills over the years!!
Right now, there are only about 729 mills left in the United States — down significantly from the 2,126 mills that were killing babies back in 1991…!!
Our new project can get rid of those 729 mills — one at a time — peacefully and legally.
No violence. No threats. Just super-effective activism that we’ve learned and perfected over the last 20 years.
I’ll tell you all about this new project in my next letter to you. Revealing the details now would be counter-productive.
However, I can’t even move forward on it unless we get out of this financial crisis immediately.
That’s why I urge you to take a look at the enclosed yellow sheet with the list of closed abortion mills. You’ll be pleasantly shocked.
And then I beseech you to rush a life-saving gift — of any amount — so that we can get back on our feet and move forward with this exciting new project.
Without your help — and your prayers and God’s grace — this project will go nowhere.
And that means all those abortion mills will stay OPEN and continue killing the innocent little babies like the ones that were killed in this building I’m sitting in.
50,000 of them–in one abortion mill alone.
We know how to close abortion mills. And this new project is how we’ll get the job done.
But we can’t even get it started without your utmost help at this time.
Frankly, we’re getting very close to the point of shutting everything down if emergency help doesn’t arrive soon.
That would be a devastating blow — especially at this time when we’re actually WINNING the pro-life fight.
More people (a majority of Americans, in fact) identify themselves as opposed to abortion, especially younger Americans. The number of abortion mills has been cut by two-thirds since 1991. The total number of abortions is down by 400,000 per year! The abortion cartel can’t find new abortionists, and the average age of the existing abortionists is 72. All this adds up to VICTORY for the babies and for our country — but ONLY if we can keep moving forward.
And that, unfortunately, takes money.
So please prayerfully consider what size gift you can afford to send to us right away.
There’s no time to lose.
I thank you for being there for us in the past.
And I thank you in advance for helping us now.
God bless you.
For the Babies,
President, Operation RescueP.S. I can’t emphasize this enough…
This is the worst financial crisis we have ever faced. And it’s hit us at the worst time possible.
Without emergency help from our loyal supporters like you, I hate to think what kind of situation we’ll be forced into.
But let me tell you: Our enemies in the abortion cartel would rejoice. And the angels would weep.
Please don’t let that happen. Please send your emergency gift TODAY.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.