Cheryl Sullenger

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Cheryl Sullenger
Cheryl Deann Sullenger

1955 (age 63–64)
OccupationPro life activist

Cheryl Deann Sullenger (born 1955) is an American Pro life activist. Sullenger is the senior vice president for Kansas-based Operation Rescue, an organization that works to oppose abortion and to document legal violations by abortion providers. In 1987 she was convicted and imprisoned for two years for participating in a failed attempt to bomb an abortion clinic.

Recently, she has become publicly involved in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Pro-Life activism[edit]

Sullenger started her involvement with the Pro life movement in 1984, volunteering for a crisis pregnancy center in San Diego County.[1]

Attempted bombing of abortion clinic[edit]

Sullenger and her husband Randall were members of the Bible Missionary Fellowship, a fundamentalist church in Santee, California. On July 27, 1987, a member of that church attempted to bomb the Family Planning Associates abortion business. Sullenger provided a wig for co-conspirator Eric Everett Svelmoe, who planted the bomb. The gasoline bomb was placed at the premises but failed to detonate as the fuse was blown out by wind.[2]

Sullenger and her husband both pleaded guilty to conspiring to damage the Alvarado Medical Center abortion clinic and publicly apologized for their involvement.[2] Sullenger's husband was sentenced to 18 months and she was sentenced to three years by US District Judge Earl B. Gillam. Her sentence was scheduled to begin after her husband's ended so that one of them could stay at home with their daughters, then four and six-years-old.[2] Sullenger served two years in U.S. federal prison and was released in April 1990.[3]

Following completion of her sentence, Sullenger taught children at a Christian school for seven years. She was also elected to the Central Committee of the 75th District of the San Diego Republican Party.[1]

Wichita and Operation Rescue[edit]

In 2003 Sullenger moved to Wichita, Kansas where she began serving as a senior policy advisor for Operation Rescue under Troy Newman. With Newman she wrote the books Their Blood Cries Out! and Abortion Free. In 2003 she and Newman issued a statement on upon the execution of Paul Jennings Hill, writing that because Hill was denied by a judge from mounting the defense of his choosing, he was denied due process.[4]

Sullenger was in communication with Scott Roeder, the man who assassinated abortion provider George Tiller in 2009. Sullenger initially denied any contact with Roeder. After Sullenger's phone number was discovered on the dashboard of Roeder's car, she subsequently said that she had informed Roeder of Tiller's scheduled court dates.[5][6] Roeder also said that Sullenger had been present at two meetings with Newman where Roeder asked about "justifiable" homicide.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Who We Are: Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor". Operation Rescue. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Frammolino, Ralph (May 6, 1988). "2 Get Prison for Trying to Bomb Abortion Clinic". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Inmate Locator - CHERYL DEANN SULLENGER". Register Number, 10664-198. Federal Bureau of Prisons.
  4. ^ Newman, Troy; Sullenger, Cheryl (September 3, 2003). "Execution of Paul Hill Nothing Less than Murder" (Press release). Operation Rescue West. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008.
  5. ^ Laura Bauer; Judy L. Thomas (2009-06-01). "Operation Rescue adviser helped Tiller suspect track doctor's court dates". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  6. ^ a b Robb, Amanda (Spring 2010). "Not A Lone Wolf". Ms. Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2018.

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