Operation Rescue has removed traces from the website that indicate he was expecting more than a handful of supporters to participate in "rescue outreach" at the clinic on Saturday. But, OneNewsNow, a site that is part of a Christian news service known as the American Family News Network (AFN), has a headline from August 19th that reads, "Pro-lifers announce mass protest at Carhart's clinic," indicating Operation Rescue had expected a much better turnout.
Newman was caught off guard. He didn't expect that pro-choice forces would truly unite and descend upon the clinic to protect and support the clinic from sermons and attempts to harass the clinic.
Newman did not expect his group would lose access to a local church, which they planned to use for a rally that would share with the community stories on breaking events and a special announcement on moving the campaign against Dr. Carhart forward.
Wendy Norris from RHRealityCheck.org, writes, "A Friday night protest rally planned to be held at St. Cecilia's Church was abruptly cancelled following complaints that the church had been duped about the purpose of the event. Though a church representative would not confirm or deny its rationale for pulling the permit, local sources said that the previously undisclosed involvement of a polemic group, like Operation Rescue, in the event caused concern within the church community."
Come Saturday, all Newman and his band of anti-choicers had going for them was the fact that plans to "swiftboat" Dr. Carhart, in a fashion similar to the way they legally harassed Dr. Tiller in Wichita through propaganda and allegations spread by local press were off to good start. And, at the end of the day, Newman and others would claim that they "saved a baby."
At one point, Newman tweeted this message which may show why few are willing to support his "pro-life" agenda:
The reality is that the pro-life movement is now a mess of reactionary fundamentalist leaders and evangelical minions who all share a belief that the Bible holds all the answers and that breaking man's law is permissible if one claims to be breaking man's law to uphold God's law.
It is no longer what it was when John O'Keefe, a Catholic pacifist, adopted the leftist tactic of the sit-in the 1970s and turned into the civil disobedience action now known as a "rescue."