Pro-Life 'Truth Truck' Banned From City Streets

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - A pro-family group plans to sue the Wichita suburb of Bel Aire, Kan., for banning a "truth truck" featuring billboard-sized pictures of aborted babies and other pro-life messages.

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue West, faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for defying a city order to remove the truck from Bel Aire's public streets.

Newman had repeatedly parked the truck in the neighborhood of a woman who manages an abortion clinic. According to Operation Rescue West, the city building inspector ordered Newman to "take the truck and never come back."

Newman said he was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 15, when he drove the truck back to Bel Aire. He's accused of a misdemeanor building code violation that bans portable signs from public streets. But Operation Rescue West noted that the city ordinance lists many exemptions.

According to Operation Rescue West, Bel Aire Police Chief Charles Quinn "personally assisted the arresting agent, city building inspector Keith Price, in filling out the citation - paperwork with which Price seemed unfamiliar."

Newman's attorney, Michael DePrimo, chief litigation counsel of the American Family Association Center for Law and Policy, said he expects to file a lawsuit in federal court in the next few weeks.

"Apparently the City of Bel Aire will stop at nothing to make sure that the public never knows the truth about what its resident abortion profiteer...does for a living," Newman said in a press release.

"This is the rotten fruit of Roe vs. Wade," he said. "Babies were first denied their right to life, now we are being denied our right to tell the truth about the tragedy of abortion to the general public."

A number of pro-life demonstrations and events are taking place this week to mark the 31st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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