Aus­tralia to de­port US anti-abor­tion ac­tivist af­ter rul­ing from high court

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An Amer­i­can anti-abor­tion ac­tivist is ex­pected to be de­ported from Aus­tralia, af­ter the na­tion’s high­est court ruled Fri­day that he posed a threat to public or­der amid con­cerns he could in­cite vi­o­lence against women.

Troy New­man, pres­i­dent of the Kansas-based anti-abor­tion group Op­er­a­tion Res­cue, was de­tained at Mel­bourne Air­port on Thurs­day af­ter try­ing to en­ter Aus­tralia even though of­fi­cials had al­ready can­celed his visa.

The bat­tle to pre­vent New­man from com­ing to Aus­tralia for a speak­ing tour be­gan ear­lier this week, af­ter a law­maker sent a let­ter to Immigration Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton say­ing New­man could pose a threat to com­mu­nity safety.

“I am most con­cerned that Mr. New­man’s call for abor­tion­ists to be ex­e­cuted could lead to threats or the com­mis­sion of acts of vi­o­lence against women and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als,” wrote Terri But­ler, a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion La­bor Party.

Immigration of­fi­cials then re­voked New­man’s visa.

New­man, who co-au­thored a book that sug­gested doc­tors who per­form abor­tions are com­mit­ting a crime egre­gious enough to war­rant the death penalty, de­nied that he posed a threat to any­one.

“The re­vo­ca­tion was based on a pile of lies, in­clud­ing the idea that I pro­mote vi­o­lence,” New­man wrote on his Face­book page on Wed­nes­day. “My 25 year history of peace­ful, prayer­ful ac­tion speaks for it­self.”

New­man also posted a video that showed him ar­gu­ing with an air­line em­ployee in Den­ver, who had re­fused to let him board a flight to Los An­ge­les en route to Mel­bourne be­cause Aus­tralia had can­celed his visa. He and his wife, Mellissa, later trav­eled on another air­line to L.A., where they boarded the fi­nal leg to Mel­bourne with­out in­ci­dent, Mellissa told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Corp.

Af­ter he was de­tained, New­man ap­pealed the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to Aus­tralia’s High Court in Mel­bourne. His lawyers ar­gued their client had never in­cited vi­o­lence and the re­vo­ca­tion of his visa was there­fore flawed.

High Court Jus­tice Ge­of­frey Net­tle dis­agreed, rul­ing that New­man posed a threat “to the good or­der of the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity.” The judge said New­man will­fully dis­obeyed Aus­tralia’s immigration laws by board­ing the flight to Mel­bourne.

“He does not come to this court with clean hands,” Net­tle said.

New­man had planned to de­liver a se­ries of talks or­ga­nized by the an­tiabor­tion group Right to Life Aus­tralia, and was ex­pected to dis­cuss the con­tro­versy over the han­dling of fe­tal tis­sue by Planned Par­ent­hood. The U.S. women’s health or­ga­ni­za­tion has faced scru­tiny since an Amer­i­can anti-abor­tion group re­leased se­cret record­ings it claimed showed Planned Par­ent­hood em­ploy­ees il­le­gally selling fe­tal tis­sue for profit.

Planned Par­ent­hood, which of­fers pa­tients con­tra­cep­tion, sex­ual dis­ease test­ing, can­cer screen­ings and abor­tions, has said a tiny frac­tion of their clin­ics pro­vide fe­tal tis­sue for sci­en­tific re­search, and said it had never bro­ken any laws.

But­ler, the La­bor law­maker, said Aus­tralians are a wel­com­ing peo­ple, but don’t take kindly to those who flout the law.

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