Timeline of Randall Terry's Decades Fighting Abortion

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Decades Fighting Abortion

Randall Terry has been involved in the movement to stop abortion since the early 1980s.

1973: Roe v. Wade ruling legalizes abortion nationwide.

1986: Terry founds Operation Rescue.

1988: Thousands arrested in Operation Rescue clinic blockades in more than two dozen cities.

1991: Thousands arrested in Operation Rescue's "Summer of Mercy" in Wichita, Kan.

1994: Congress makes it a federal crime to block clinic entrances.

1998: Terry declares bankruptcy, owing $1.6 million from lawsuits. Runs unsuccessfully for Congress in New York.

2000: Terry divorces first wife, Cynthia. Receives public reprimand from his longtime evangelical pastor.

2001: Terry marries his second wife, Andrea.

2003: Terry becomes a spokesman for Terri Schiavo's parents.

2004: Terry's adopted son, Jamiel, comes out as gay.

2006: Terry loses a run for a Florida state Senate seat. Converts to Catholicism.

2008: Terry moves to Northern Virginia to mount a comeback.

2009: Terry launches Operation Rescue Insurrecta Nex.

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