Troy Newman, a deranged American anti-abortion activist who has called for doctors who perform terminations to be executed for murder, has been blocked from entering Australia.
Newman is the head of anti-abortion organisation Operation Rescue and was due to speak in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart and Cairns over the next fortnight at events run by the group Right To Life Australia.
But in a statement, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Mr Newman’s visa had been cancelled. He said:
Mr Newman can appeal for a revocation of this decision and no further comment will be made during this appeal period.
In a Facebook post, Mr Newman expressed his anger at the decision.
The Australian Government has revoked my visa in mid-flight.
Newman said he “was pulled off a plane in Denver” and told he could not travel to Los Angeles and then on to Melbourne.
The “pro-life” campaigner also posted a video of an awkward exchange with airport staff in Colorado.
Please pray for me, I’m stuck in Denver airport like a man without a country.
In a statement, Right To Life Australia spokeswoman Mary Collier said: