WICHITA | The anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue says it’s close to shutting down unless emergency financial help arrives soon.
Group president Troy Newman sent an e-mail Monday night to donors saying the organization is in a financial crisis.
Newman blames the economy. But the Wichita-based organization has also taken heavy criticism after the May 31 shooting death of abortion provider George Tiller — not only from abortion-rights supporters but also from anti-abortion militants.
Newman told The Associated Press that the group has only four paid employees left, compared with nine a year ago. Donations are down more than 30 percent, and Newman says he hasn’t been paid in two months.
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Another anti-abortion group, Kansans for Life, says it hasn’t seen a noticeable drop in its donations.