Lanai Scarr National Political Reporter
The Daily Telegraph
September 30, 2015
A CONTROVERSIAL anti-abortion campaigner who has called for medical professionals involved in terminations to be executed has been banned from entering Australia for a planned speaking tour commencing next week.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed to News Corp Australia that he has cancelled Troy Newman’s visa after concerns were raised that his presence in the country could incite hate and violence against those women who have an abortion and the medical professionals who perform them.
Mr Newman, who hails from the United States, has written several books decrying abortion and labels women who have them “murderers”.
“I can confirm that my Department has cancelled the visa for Mr Troy Newman under Section 128 of the Migration Act,” Mr Dutton told News Corp Australia.
Labor’s Terri Butler wrote to Mr Dutton this week calling for Mr Newman to be banned from the country.
Mr Newman was due to conduct a speaking tour as a guest of anti-abortion group Right to Life Australia.
He planned to hold a series of public events to campaign against Australian women’s reproductive rights and proposed laws to create a “buffer zone” around medical clinics.
“I am concerned that Mr Newman’s presence in Australia will cause significant harm to our community,” Ms Butler said in her letter to Mr Dutton.
“There is a risk that this will involve the harassment and intimidation of women accessing reproductive services and professionals offering those services at medical clinics, and result in their vilification within the community; especially vulnerable women.
“Mr Newman’s conduct may incite discord within the community and disrupt the ability of women to access lawful reproductive medicine.”
Mr Newman posted on his Facebook page a video of him being prevented from boarding a flight from Denver to Los Angeles and then onto Australia.
“RED ALERT!!! The Australian government has revoked my visa in midflight,” Mr Newman posted.
“I was pulled off a plane in Denver and told I could not travel to Los Angeles. And then on to Melbourne Australia. I am scheduled to speak on Friday at Right to Life of Australia’s main convention in Melbourne.
“It is clear that the pro-abortion crowd does not want anyone to hear the truth about Planned Parenthood’s illegal actions. Please pray for me I’m stuck in Denver airport like a man without a country.”
No wonder Terri did not want this guy telling Australian's what she and her fellow progressives would rather stay secret