He has been active in the pro-life movement since the early 1980s, and founded Operation Rescue's chapter in the Metroplex in 1988. He succeeded Randall Terry as national director of Operation Rescue in 1994, and renamed it Operation Save America in 1999.
In 1994, he confronted Norma McCorvey, best known as "Jane Roe" in the landmark Supreme Court abortion case "Roe v. Wade", at a book-signing. He shouted at her that she was "responsible for the deaths of over 33 million children," and six months later he opened Operation Rescue's national headquarters next to A Choice for Women, the reproductive health care clinic where McCorvey was working at the time. McCorvey initially resisted any contact, but eventually started to talk to Benham during her smoking breaks. During one friendly banter, McCorvey goaded Benham, "What you need is to go to a good Beach Boys concert." Benham answered, "Miss Norma, I haven't been to a Beach Boys concert since 1976."
McCorvey later reported that this seemingly innocuous response shook her to the core and that, quite suddenly, Benham became human to her. She later accepted an invitation to visit their church and within a year, McCorvey converted from being pro-choice to being pro-life, which she has remained.
Hurricane relief efforts
Benham and his organization volunteered their time to provide food and supplies in Mississippi after that area was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Although other organizations accepted funding from the government for their efforts, Benham stated that his organization would never accept money from the government.
Benham also gained attention commenting on the execution of Paul Jennings Hill and the murder of George Tiller, and for participating in the vigil outside of Judge Roy Moore's courthouse in which stood a Ten Commandments monument. He also demonstrated for Terri Schiavo.
In a 2006 interview with Al Gross of KJSL in suburban St. Louis, during the morning drive-time program "Mornings with Tim and Al", Benham stated he would let a daughter die rather than abort an ectopic pregnancy.
On July 1, 2011, a Charlotte, North Carolina jury found Benham guilty of stalking a Charlotte doctor. Prosecutors charged that Benham and his supporters took pictures of the doctor's house and the interior of his clinic and told the doctor's neighbors that he was a murderer. Benham was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to stay at least 500 feet from the doctor.
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- Extremist Biography: Flip Benham from Planned Parenthood
- Flip Benham and Norma McCorvey at American Life League Conference, October 10, 1997 from the Biblical America Resistance Front
- Flip Benham rebuked for Paul Hill statements from The Christian Gallery News Service
- His is a ministry of confrontation: Flip Benham speaks up -- loudly -- on abortion, other issues from The Charlotte Observer, reprinted at Refuse and Resist.org