Rendall Terry

Savannah Syler, 6th

Pro- Life Activist

Rendall Terry is one of today's leading pro-life activists. He began to become particularly popular when his organization, Operation Rescue, blockaded the entrance to abortion clinics in 1987 and ran the organization until 1991. Recently Operation Rescue has closed a clinic in Kansas which has become a major influence in their pursuit to rid the country of abortion clinics. Terry ran for congress in upstate New York in 1998 and Florida State Senate in 2006 but lost both times in the Republican primary. Rendall Terry has been arrested over 40 times for his efforts to bring awareness to the cruel act of abortion. His most recent arrest was for violating a no- trespass order from the University of Notre Dame in order to protest a speech being given by President Barak Obama.

Connection to Thoreau's Key Points

In many ways Randall Terry is much like Henry David Thoreau in their efforts to speak up for what is right. Randall Terry created a pro-life movement through his courageous protests against the matter gaining more and more supporters with each passing year. Without Randall Terry's outgoing character much of what has been accomplished by the pro-life community would not have happened. Because of Randall Terry America is several steps closer to eliminating the deaths of unborn children across the nation. Thoreau expresses the same spirit of civil disobedience to that which is for moral purposes when he states, "Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right..." In this quote, Henry David Thoreau clearly and effectively describes his support of those who courageously step out of their comfort zone to bring others aware to the immoral aspects within the law.
Randall Terry Background