Ole Randall Terry just can’t avoid the spotlight.
As many of you know, Terry was the founder and leader of Operation Rescue which for years literally struck terror in the hearts of abortion providers everywhere. He first attracted national attention in 1991 when he organized the “Summer of Mercy,” which brought thousands of anti-abortion advocates to Wichita, Kansas where they set up camp right in front of the late Doctor George Tiller’s clinic. Tiller and his staff courageously endured the onslaught but Terry got his headlines and raised a significant amount of money.
Then, in the years that followed, it seemed that several times each year his troops would descend on another abortion provider, blocking access to clinics, terrorizing staff and patients and garnering even more headlines. But I have to give him credit. As a staff person at the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, the minute we heard him announce that he was targeting yet another abortion clinic, we went into high alert. Led by staff from the Fund for a Feminist Majority, help was sent to the clinic to prepare staff for the mayhem that was on its way.
The irony is that Terry and his crew got so out of hand that the Congress ultimately passed the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which practically shut down Terry’s operations. Also, to make matters worse, Terry started veering off message a little, targeting homosexuals and Muslims. Then, a series of personal indignities surfaced. We learned that his son was gay, his daughter had sex outside of marriage and became pregnant. She had a miscarriage and is reportedly no longer welcome in his home. Then his other daughter had two children outside of wedlock and became a Muslim. Finally, Terry himself was ultimately censured by his church after admitting that he had committed adultery.
Okay, now pick yourself up off the floor and stop laughing.
And now, guess what, Terry is back in the news! Yup – he is running for President of the United States. If you can believe it, he is actually “challenging” the most “pro-abortion President in U.S. history”, Barack Obama, in the Democratic primaries. Yeah, I can’t figure that one out either. Indeed, a few weeks ago I was channel surfing and happened upon a “debate” featuring the “lesser known Democratic candidates” for president. Very kooky stuff. And Terry was actually the most articulate of the group but the problem was that I couldn’t take my eyes off the candidate sitting next to him because he was wearing a big boot on his head and practically spoke in tongues. At the end of the debate, the boot head sprinkled “fairy dust” all over Terry.
But Terry is looking to make more news. He is currently trying to raise money to show a graphic anti-abortion ad to be played during the Super Bowl. He is exploiting an FCC rules that prohibits censorship of “political” ads within 45 days of a primary. The ad will feature the usual dubious photos of alleged aborted fetuses. And, as Terry well knows himself, the ads will have no impact and, in fact, will cause more people to turn against him and his cause. But that’s okay because this is not about the cause, it’s all about Randall Terry.
- Randall Terry Forces Graphic Anti-Abortion Ad On Air For Super Bowl (crooksandliars.com)
- Activist To Run Graphic Anti-Abortion Ad During Super Bowl (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Graphic Ads Of Bloody, Aborted Fetuses Could Air During The Super Bowl (thefrisky.com)
- Anti-Abortionist Randall Terry Sponsoring Fetus Ads During Super Bowl (alan.com)
- Super Bowl Viewers Will See Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads With Pictures Of Bloody Fetuses (thinkprogress.org)
- Randall Terry’s self-promoting Super Bowl fetus ads | Amanda Marcotte (guardian.co.uk)
- Super Bowl “Bloody Sunday” – Abort those ads! (elephantjournal.com)
- Stop Bloody Anti-Abortion Ads Scheduled To Run During The SuperBowl (forcechange.com)
- Matt C. Abbott: “Father Joseph Klee, Fr. Pavone–support Randall Terry’s pro-life activism, (and me, three)” (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)