Operation Rescue (OR), the notorious anti-abortion group begun in 1988 by evangelical ex-used car salesman Rev. Randall Terry, specializes in blocking access to targeted clinics and subjecting patients, physicians and staff to intimidation and harassment. A queasy mixture of far-right fundamentalist Protestants and reactionary Catholics, the membership includes many who would criminalize all forms of contraception and suppress all family planning information other than exhortations to abstinence.
During the 1992 election, Randall Terry warned his followers that "to vote for Bill Clinton is to sin against God." With Clinton in office, Operation Rescue has shifted its focus to include opposition to civil rights for gays and lesbians. OR has also been known to launch attacks on the arts. In 1990 Boston-area members tried to block access to Serrano's "Piss Christ" at the Klein Gallery, and threatened to blockade Boston University's Photographic Resource Center. In February 1994, Rev. Flip Benham of the Free Methodist Church took over the directorship of the organization from Keith Tucci, who left to found a separate ministry, the Life Coalition, in Melbourne, Florida.
OR has brnached out as well as a having a splinter group break off called Operation Rescue West. OR is now part of a larger dual group Operation Save America/Operation Rescue.
P.O. Box 740066
Dallas, TX 75374
Ph. (214) 907-2280
- Operation Save America/Operation Rescue - official site