1 October 2015

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the Australian Government to reconsider its decision to revoke the visa of prominent United States pro-life activist Troy Newman.

Mr Newman is on the board of the Centre for Medical Progress which this year through non-violent citizen journalism exposed US abortion business Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the dismembered body parts of unborn babies to medical research companies.

“It is important that Australians know about Planned Parenthood’s trade in unborn baby parts because the Australia government provides $30 million of taxpayers’ money to the organisation’s Asia-Pacific operations,” Mr Shelton said.

“Mr Newman’s views on the death penalty, if accurately reported, certainly sound extreme,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said today.

“I am also uncomfortable with his filming, and the tone of his questioning, of airline staff yesterday in Denver. He was not at all gracious, despite the valid questions he posed about why the Australian Government appeared to have authority to block him from flying from Denver to Los Angeles.

“Despite this, he appears to have no criminal history and his pro-life activities over many years yield no record of inciting violence,” Mr Shelton said.

“Denying someone entry to Australia is a serious matter, particularly when their purpose in coming is to speak about the contested political issue of abortion,” Mr Shelton said.

“I hope any decision to revoke Mr Newman’s visa was done after proper inquiry and the application of coherent principles and not in response to political pressure from people who do not wish to see the issue of abortion discussed in the public square.”