Australia to deport American anti-abortion activist

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Posted: Oct 02, 2015 2:47 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — An American anti-abortion activist is expected to be deported from Australia amid concerns that he could incite violence.

Troy Newman is president of the Kansas-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. He was detained at Melbourne Airport on Thursday after trying to enter Australia even though officials had canceled his visa.

The battle to prevent Newman from coming to Australia began earlier this week, after lawmaker Terri Butler said Newman had previously called for abortion providers to be executed. Butler said that could lead to threats of violence against women and medical professionals in Australia.

Newman denied that he posed a threat to anyone.

On Friday, a judge disagreed and dismissed Newman's request to overturn the government's decision to revoke his visa.