The Republican presidential candidate launched a “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition Wednesday that includes anti-LGBT activist Tony Perkins and anti-abortion extremist Troy Newman, reported Right Wing Watch.
Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, will chair the group, while Troy Newman of Operation Rescue will serve as one of its 10 co-chairs.
Newman and other Operation Rescue officials coordinated a “sting” last year against Planned Parenthood using deceptively edited undercover videos produced by a front group, Center for Medical Progress.
Two members of that group, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, were indicted this week by a grand jury in Houston, Texas, for tampering with a governmental record after declining to indict Planned Parenthood.
Newman used the lesser-known Daleiden and his group to obscure Operation Rescue’s involvement in the videos.
But Cruz asked Newman to help steer abortion foes to his campaign, highlighting the anti-choice activist’s co-authorship of the 2000 book, “Their Blood Cries Out,” which calls for the execution of abortion providers.
Newman now says he rejects violence against abortion providers, but his book caused officials in Australia to deny him entry last year to take part in a “save the babies down under” event.
Newman has blamed legal abortion for the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and drought in California.
Perkins has also warned that America will face God’s wrathful judgment for legal abortion and same-sex marriage.