Blumenthal blasted for ‘slander’ at Sessions hearing

By Bob Unruh

Richard Blumenthal

Richard Blumenthal

Operation Rescue, a pro-life organization that goes to extraordinary lengths to reduce abortions, on Tuesday issued a warning to Sen. Dick Blumenthal, D-Conn., that he needs to apologize for his statements about the organization at the Senate confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general.

Among other things, Blumenthal described Operation Rescue “as a group that advocates execution of abortion providers,” the organization said in response to the senator’s comments.

“That was a cheap shot by a hack politician who thinks he can lie about us with impunity and without consequences in order to advance his political agenda,” said Troy Newman, the Operation Rescue chief. “We are considering legal action to protect our good reputation.”

Blumenthal’s comments came at a time when Democrats in the Senate were trying to undermine Sessions’ nomination to be the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer under President-elect Donald Trump, after his inauguration on Jan. 20.

Said Operation Rescue, “Today during the confirmation hearing of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Democrat Sen. Dick Blumenthal made completely false and slanderous statement against Operation Rescue and its president, Troy Newman.

“Blumenthal wrongly described Operation Rescue as a group that advocates execution of abortion providers, when nothing could be further from the truth.

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“Operation Rescue has a long history of peaceful activism within the law in advocating for innocent life.”

The OR statement continued, “Blumenthal also displayed a ‘wanted’ poster targeting abortion provider George Tiller and attributed it falsely to Operation Rescue. This organization never circulated that poster and never called for anyone to harm Dr. Tiller.

“Blumenthal also falsely accused Operation Rescue of calling for the murderer of Dr. Tiller to be treated as a political prisoner. Click to see the original article