Operation Rescue in money 'crisis,' may be shut down

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.

Another anti-abortion group, Kansans for Life, says it hasn’t seen a noticeable drop in its donations.