Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that it had obtained indictments against 11 pro-life activists for alleged violations of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Investigators allege the protestors were unlawfully blocking access to an abortion clinic in Tennessee during a protest.
The court documents filed with the indictments claim that the defendants organized an event outside of an abortion clinic near Nashville in March of this year. Prosecutors allege that every one of the defendants physically prevented employees of the clinic and one potential patient from going inside the facility.
11 pro-life activists have been indicted by Biden's DOJ for protesting outside an abortion clinic in Tennessee.
Meet the Christian memaws and papaws charged as "co-conspirators" now facing up to 11 years in federal prison for a peaceful "blockade" demonstration 🧵 pic.twitter.com/Drtoa4i2pk
— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) October 6, 2022
The DOJ cites provisions of the FACE Act that make blocking access to an abortion clinic a federal crime. Seven of the defendants have also been charged with “conspiracy against rights secured by the FACE Act.”
The defendants charged with conspiracy face potential sentences of 11 years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000. Those charged only with FACE Act violations each face up to one year in federal prison and fines up to $10,000.
The indictments claim that the entire group planned a “blockade” outside the clinic and prevented entry to the building. The DOJ cited livestreamed video taken by one of the defendants as evidence that the defendants attempted “to engage a patient and her companion as one told his livestream audience that the patient was a ‘mom coming to kill her baby.’”
This week’s indictments follow an FBI raid earlier this month of a Catholic pro-life advocate in Pennsylvania. The man was arrested in front of his terrorized wife and children for allegedly assaulting a man outside of a Philadelphia abortion clinic earlier this year. He claims that his 11-year-old son was accosted by a pro-abortion activist and he pushed the man away from his child to defend him.
Even as the Biden DOJ led by Attorney General Merrick Garland has been aggressively going after pro-life advocates since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, there have been zero arrests or prosecutions of those terrorizing pro-life pregnancy centers.
There have been at least 17 separate incidents reported of vandalism, arson, and domestic terrorism of the pro-life centers by radical abortion advocates. The leading group allegedly involved in the attacks is “Jane’s Revenge.”