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March 24, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Randall Terry, holding an Operation Rescue psalm book and murmuring "Holy Jesus," was carried limp to a waiting police van Thursday as those he calls his enemies happily chanted, "Justice! Justice! Justice!" Despite his protests that "25 million dead kids" and not his own image should concern his followers and detractors, the 29-year-old radical anti-abortionist occupied center stage at a Cypress clinic as he brought the movement's lawless fringe to Southern California.
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August 26, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
Years ago, Randall Terry and Troy Newman were brothers in arms in the struggle against legal abortion. "Troy was my son in the movement," said Terry, 50, a onetime used-car salesman from upstate New York who founded Operation Rescue in 1986. Terry rose to fame leading clinic blockades until lawsuits, jail terms and finally a stunning 1998 legal settlement forced him to abandon his militant tactics, and he faded from the forefront of the struggle. Newman, meanwhile, was an up-and-coming activist in San Diego and a spokesman for Operation Rescue there.
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November 2, 1992 | From a commentary by Tod Tamberg, editor of the Tidings, the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, published weekly on Fridays
Beneath Bill Clinton's "deceptive veneer of Christianity" lurks a "new covenant . . . a pact from hell" which has nothing to do with biblical Christianity, asserts Operation Rescue's Randall Terry in an open letter to the clergy. True Christians can resist this "prophet of darkness," says Terry, if they repent, submit to God and cast a ballot for George Bush, "the only ethical, upright choice among the three major candidates."
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June 12, 1993 | From Associated Press
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry was sentenced Friday to five months in prison for presenting a fetus to President Clinton during the Democratic National Convention. "Unfortunately, when the defendant spoke, he demonstrated no remorse, no contrition, no respect for the law," U.S. District Judge Robert J. Ward said as he imposed the sentence, which was suspended pending Terry's appeal. Ward found Terry, 34, of Binghamton, N.Y.
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August 26, 2009 | Robin Abcarian
Years ago, Randall Terry and Troy Newman were brothers in arms in the struggle against legal abortion. "Troy was my son in the movement," said Terry, 50, a onetime used-car salesman from upstate New York who founded Operation Rescue in 1986. Terry rose to fame leading clinic blockades until lawsuits, jail terms and finally a stunning 1998 legal settlement forced him to abandon his militant tactics, and he faded from the forefront of the struggle. Newman, meanwhile, was an up-and-coming activist in San Diego and a spokesman for Operation Rescue there.
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April 26, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
About 370 defendants charged with unlawful assembly in a March 23 anti-abortion protest in Cypress appeared at West Municipal Court in Westminster this morning to enter their pleas. In an attempt to avoid the expense of individual trials, the Orange County district attorney's office offered to reduce the misdemeanor charge to an infraction and charge each defendant $75 to $125 in court costs. The arrangement, however, depended on all 370 pleading either guilty or no contest today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989
May trial dates were scheduled Monday for Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and an associate on misdemeanor charges that they encouraged anti-abortion militants to ignore police demands to halt a blockade of a Los Angeles abortion clinic last month. A May 3 trial date was set for Terry, 29, of New York, and another leader of the anti-abortion group, Michael McMonagle, 36, of Pennsylvania, who are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to commit any crime, trespassing and resisting arrest.
NEWS
August 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry left Wichita, Kan., with two other organizers of anti-abortion demonstrations there but said blockades of clinics will resume. The protesters have laid siege to two clinics over the last three weeks, and police and U.S. marshals have made more than 1,900 arrests in enforcing a federal judge's order against blockades. About 150 protesters gathered again outside one of the clinics but did not block entrances.
NEWS
July 5, 1992
In response to "Running Out of Time" (June 21): Where are Randall Terry and his band of misguided zealots when it comes to the already born? What if Operation Rescue began to live up to its name and took some action to rescue living children in need? What if "pro-life" extremists took it upon themselves to provide or to help to find adoptive homes for the increasing numbers of kids such as Destini and Chassidy (daughters of Tanya Shaw, who is dying of AIDS)? Or for handicapped, AIDS-infected, prenatally drug-addicted and otherwise hard-to-place youngsters?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1989
I applaud your newspaper for the in-depth article on Randall Terry and the Operation Rescue movement. The fact that Terry's group carries pictures of "a bloody fetus in four pieces" is as the article says "gruesome," but is, nonetheless, reality. When a fetus is aborted, there is blood involved. And when a dilation and curettage abortion takes place, the fetus is cut into several pieces. The problem that I have with the pro-choice supporters' argument is that they make "choice" the ultimate issue.
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November 2, 1992 | From a commentary by Tod Tamberg, editor of the Tidings, the official newspaper of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, published weekly on Fridays
Beneath Bill Clinton's "deceptive veneer of Christianity" lurks a "new covenant . . . a pact from hell" which has nothing to do with biblical Christianity, asserts Operation Rescue's Randall Terry in an open letter to the clergy. True Christians can resist this "prophet of darkness," says Terry, if they repent, submit to God and cast a ballot for George Bush, "the only ethical, upright choice among the three major candidates."
NEWS
July 5, 1992
In response to "Running Out of Time" (June 21): Where are Randall Terry and his band of misguided zealots when it comes to the already born? What if Operation Rescue began to live up to its name and took some action to rescue living children in need? What if "pro-life" extremists took it upon themselves to provide or to help to find adoptive homes for the increasing numbers of kids such as Destini and Chassidy (daughters of Tanya Shaw, who is dying of AIDS)? Or for handicapped, AIDS-infected, prenatally drug-addicted and otherwise hard-to-place youngsters?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1992
Supreme Court Justices (Sandra Day) O'Connor, (Anthony M.) Kennedy and (David H.) Souter gave me a pleasant shock Monday when they wisely voted not to allow state governments to poke their noses into the private moral decisions of our citizens. That's not to say I think anyone would shed a tear if tomorrow, of their own volition, everyone simply stopped having abortions. We'd be a couple of steps closer to being the democratic paradise we claim to be if we could just work to eliminate the social inequities that create the demand for abortions.
NEWS
August 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Operation Rescue leader Randall Terry left Wichita, Kan., with two other organizers of anti-abortion demonstrations there but said blockades of clinics will resume. The protesters have laid siege to two clinics over the last three weeks, and police and U.S. marshals have made more than 1,900 arrests in enforcing a federal judge's order against blockades. About 150 protesters gathered again outside one of the clinics but did not block entrances.
NEWS
October 6, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW and EDITH STANLEY, Times Staff Writers
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry was fined $1,000 Thursday for an anti-abortion blockade of a medical clinic during last year's Democratic National Convention but opted for two years in jail instead. "In good conscience I cannot pay the fine," said Terry, 30, who while acting as his own attorney during the trial, argued that he had the right to break "man's laws to uphold God's laws by saving unborn children." Terry was convicted by a jury Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1989
I have nothing but praise for the attempts made by Judge Paez to keep Operation Rescue presentations objective for the jury. But the constant show-and-tell Bible-thumping tactics of the Operation Rescue people disrupted and swayed the jurors just as some attorneys have done by crying, winking, etc. to punctuate their remarks. Since a Bible is already in the courtroom for swearing-in purposes, perhaps the five Operation Rescue defendants should be asked to check their Bibles at the door if they are retried on the three deadlocked counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1992
Supreme Court Justices (Sandra Day) O'Connor, (Anthony M.) Kennedy and (David H.) Souter gave me a pleasant shock Monday when they wisely voted not to allow state governments to poke their noses into the private moral decisions of our citizens. That's not to say I think anyone would shed a tear if tomorrow, of their own volition, everyone simply stopped having abortions. We'd be a couple of steps closer to being the democratic paradise we claim to be if we could just work to eliminate the social inequities that create the demand for abortions.
NEWS
June 12, 1993 | From Associated Press
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry was sentenced Friday to five months in prison for presenting a fetus to President Clinton during the Democratic National Convention. "Unfortunately, when the defendant spoke, he demonstrated no remorse, no contrition, no respect for the law," U.S. District Judge Robert J. Ward said as he imposed the sentence, which was suspended pending Terry's appeal. Ward found Terry, 34, of Binghamton, N.Y.
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