NEW YORK, February 25, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday charged and detained an abortion supporter with a history of communicating vicious threats against pro-life activists.
Theodore Shulman, 49, has frequently harassed Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger, recently threatening in a voice mail that Sullenger should “convert” to pro-choice “during the few months you have left on this earth,” or else “you will go to hell and burn.”
Shulman, charged with communicating interstate threats against two pro-lifers, is currently being held without bond at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City, a Federal holding facility.
While the complaint against Shulman was filed under seal, Operation Rescue has been informed that the case involved two pro-life activists who are simply referred to as Victim 1 and Victim 2. Opertion Rescue is withholding the identities of the victims in order to protect their safety.
In addition to the two victims listed in the Federal complaint, Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger, as well as blogger Jill Stanek and speaker/activist Bryan Kemper of Stand True have also been the brunt of Shulman’s threats. Shulman hounded Sullenger, in particular, over a two year time-span. He ran a blog site under the name “Operation Counterstrike” that fomented hatred and attempted to encourage “pro-choice” supporters to murder pro-lifer activists.
In one August 2010 post, Shulman pointed out an incident in which a pro-abort threatened pro-lifers outside a clinic, and advised more effective terrorist methods. “Remember, don’t threaten right-to-lifers at abortion clinics. Any drama at the clinic is bad for the clinic,” he wrote. “Wait until the protest ends, follow a protester home, and THEN do your thing. That way, you can involve the right-to-lifer’s family in your action.”
Upon the death of pro-life leader Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Shulman wrote, “Unfortunately, he died in his bed. He was not killed by a pro-choice counterterrorist. Too bad, he would have been a most effective target.”
Shulman is also the object of a Federal investigation in Wichita, Kansas, which could result in additional charges being filed against Shulman for making serious death threats against Operation Rescue staff members.
“This is a huge relief to us that Ted Shulman is behind bars where he belongs,” said Sullenger. “He often posted threatening comments to our web site and called me on my cell phone too many times to count. He was always brazen in his threats and openly identified himself, telling us not to bother calling the FBI because they would never do anything for us. Thankfully, he was wrong about that, and we hope that, in addition to his New York charges, he will also be charged in Kansas.”
“We continue to work with the FBI on the Shulman case and on other cases of death threats we have received.”
Threats to Operation Rescue have increased in recent weeks after MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow repeatedly targeted the group by airing inaccurate and inflammatory information that has incited the threats against Operation Rescue staff members’ lives.
In another audio file posted by Operation Rescue, an “apparent Maddow listener” left a voice mail threatening to carry out a Satanic curse against Sullenger and to “carry you into the ninth circle of Hell.”