Operation Save America

The anti-abortion groups are ratcheting up their protests; this time in New Orleans, LA against a Unitarian Universalist church, then staged protests in front of the homes of three providers of women’s services in the state.

The story is coming from the group Faithful America, a liberal religious non-sectarian organization that watches the conservative groups to attempt to keep them inline.

As the story is revealed, Operation Save America is the renamed Operation Rescue of the 1980s and 90s. Their tactics in the past have been at best questionable, at worse down right despicable. Their invitation to Louisiana was through a Southern Baptist church

Operation Save America is an ultra-conservative Christian organization whose tactics we have seen before. This last weekend, in addition to the protests, one of their members set up a 200 foot wide and eight foot tall graphic depicting aborted fetuses on the state capitol grounds in Baton Rouge. This is an obvious violation of the First Amendment’s separation of church and state if it was setup with the permission of the capital security.

In addition, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a certificate in “recognition of outstanding service to the city,” another obvious violation of the intent of the First Amendment.

According to Gambit, New Orleans, the doctors work for Planned Parenthood which does not perform abortions in the state of Louisiana. In other words, their efforts were just for the theatrical show more than an actual protest.

As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia (MO), as an atheist, I am appalled, as a liberal I am down right angered at the tactics of the ultra-right wing arms of the Southern Baptist Conference. In fact my Christian friends, upon hearing of this protest, were also appalled and embarrassed, as they should be.

Whether you are anti-abortion or pro-choice you should also be appalled at the actions of Operation Save America.

I am asking that you sign the petition started by Faithful America and tell the Southern Baptists that there is no justification for these types of protests and they should no longer support such extremist tactics.

In addition, please call the office of Mayor Landrieu at (504) 658-4945 or email him through Anita Curran at abcurran@nola.gov  or Sarah Garrett at sagarrett@nola.gov and tell the mayor that his actions were ill conceived and a possible violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place). He is the winner of the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing. He is also an editor and award-winning speaker. His book, "A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs" is available on Amazon, com as a paperback and eBook.
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3 Responses to Operation Save America

  1. Lynne Schultz says:

    Religious liberty is not just for Southern Baptists.

  2. Zig says:

    There’s nothing ultra-conservative about saving lives.
    I hope this “doctor” spends a decade or so in prison.

    Doctor Charged with Killing Fetus by Putting Abortion Pill in Girlfriend’s Tea
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    A doctor who allegedly slipped the abortion pill Misoprostol into his girlfriend’s tea, causing her labor to be induced, has been charged with cause of abortion and the premeditated killing of the fetus of another. Sikander Imran of Arlington, Virginia, was taken into custody after his pregnant girlfriend, Brook Fiske, was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center with labor contractions at 17 weeks of pregnancy, RochesterFirst.com reports.
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    by DR. SUSAN BERRY15 Dec 20171,248

    A doctor who allegedly slipped the abortion pill Misoprostol into his girlfriend’s tea, causing her labor to be induced, has been charged with cause of abortion and the premeditated killing of the fetus of another.
    Sikander Imran of Arlington, Virginia, was taken into custody after his pregnant girlfriend, Brook Fiske, was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center with labor contractions at 17 weeks of pregnancy, RochesterFirst.com reported.

    Fiske and Imran had dated for three years in Rochester, New York, but Imran moved to Arlington for a new job. When Fiske told him she was pregnant with their baby, she said he told her he wanted her to have an abortion.

    “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion… which I didn’t want to do,” she stated, according to the news report.

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    Fiske then traveled to Arlington to talk to Imran about how they would raise the child.

    “When I was drinking my tea in the evening I got to the bottom of the cup. There was a gritty substance in there and when I looked at it, I could tell that it was a pill that had been ground up,” she said.

    Within hours, Fiske began experiencing labor contractions.

    “He [Imran] immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person and that he had done what I thought he did,” said Fiske, who ultimately lost her baby boy at the hospital, where tests indicated she had ingested Misoprostol, a drug that causes uterine contractions and bleeding in a pregnant woman until the baby is expelled from the uterus.

    “According to the nurse at the hospital it’s 200 milligrams to induce labor,” she said. “So he gave me 800.”

    Fiske describes the loss of her baby boy as heartbreaking and devastating, according to the report.

    She testified against Imran in June. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, but court documents obtained by RochesterFirst.com reportedly indicate added charges against Imran have delayed his trial until March 2018.

    “It was very empowering for me to face him and say what he had done…and look him in the face while I said that,” she said.

    Doctor accused of spiking pregnant girlfriend’s tea with abortion pill
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    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A doctor is facing several charges after his girlfriend said he spiked her drink with an abortion pill, causing her to lose her unborn baby, according to WROC.

    Brook Fiske and Sikander Imran had been dating on and off for three years, when Imran, a doctor, moved from Rochester to Arlington, Va., for a new job. That’s when he learned Fiske was pregnant.

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    “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion, which I didn’t want to do,” Fiske said.

    Fiske said she was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to Virginia to visit Imran to plan how they would raise the child. Fiske claims that’s when Imran poisoned her.

    “When I was drinking my tea in the evening, I got to the bottom of the cup, there was a gritty substance in there,” Fiske said. “And when I looked at it, I could tell that it was a pill that had been ground up.”

    A few hours later, Fiske started having contractions.

    “He immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person and that he had done what I thought he did,” Fiske said.

    She was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center, where she went into labor and lost her baby boy. Fiske said tests showed the abortion pill Misoprostol was found in her system.

    “According to the nurse at the hospital, it’s 200 milligrams to induce labor, so he gave me 800,” Fiske said.

    Imran was taken into custody

    • David Rosman says:

      I am not sure to which posting you are responding to, but I never said all ultra-Christians were all bad. Please note that in the clippings and other reports, the religion of both Imran and Fiske were not mentioned. To assume that one is an ultra-anything is wrong based on the information provided. I have also said in the past that I am not pro-abortion but am pro-choice. If the woman decides she wants to keep the fetus to full term, then she should be allowed.

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