February 1, 2024

Team Biden Targets Peaceful Pro-Life Activists

The Justice Department has engaged in selective enforcement of the constitutionally dubious FACE Act, as it has only been used to prosecute pro-life advocates.

Equal justice under the law is supposed to be enshrined in our Constitution. Furthermore, Joe Biden and his administration love to prattle on about their concerns for promoting equality and equity. But, as the Good Book states, “You will know them by their fruits.”

What fruits might those be? While the Biden administration pays lip service to “equity” and “justice,” their actions belie the fact that they are motivated by no such altruistic concerns. Rather, it’s all about promoting their political agenda and selectively applying the law when it suits them. A case in point is the Biden administration’s targeting of pro-life advocates and activists with the dubious and likely unconstitutional Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

Six pro-life activists who conducted a peaceful sit-in at an abortion clinic in Nashville were prosecuted by Biden’s DOJ on charges of violating the FACE Act. They were subsequently found guilty, and they face a sentence of up to 11 years in federal prison.

But it’s not just a selective and targeted application of the FACE Act; it’s also the DOJ’s needless application of heavy-handed tactics when charging and arresting these individuals.

For example, one of the pro-life activists charged is Paul Vaughn, whom the FBI swooped down upon with guns drawn, pounding on his front door and shouting at him as if he were American gangster John Dillinger. At the time of his arrest, with which he fully cooperated, Vaughn was simply getting ready to take his kids to school. These types of dramatics and needless escalation are solely intended to bully and intimidate.

The Thomas More Society, which is representing Vaughn, has called on the DOJ to drop the case, citing unequal application of the law. The filing states, “Defendants submit that the government has engaged in selective and/or vindictive prosecution motivated by an intent to punish defendants for the content of their viewpoints and their protected expressions thus making this case an unconstitutional application of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.”

The filing also argues that “FACE is an unconstitutional content-based regulation of speech; as applied, it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment; and this court lacks jurisdiction because, especially after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, FACE is an invalid exercise of Congress’ Commerce Clause authority.”

Other pro-life activists and advocates that the Biden administration has targeted using the FACE Act include the leftist group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, whom the Thomas More Society is also representing, and Mark Houck, who was acquitted by a jury after he was ridiculously charged by the DOJ of violating the FACE Act for defending his young son from an aggressive pro-abortion activist. The FBI used heavy-handed tactics against Houck as well when agents raided his home and arrested him.

Meanwhile, the FBI has hardly raised a finger to investigate — let alone prosecute — a myriad of instances of violent actions and clear violations of the FACE Act against pro-life facilities and churches. Indeed, it has been pro-life centers, facilities, and churches that have most often been the target — not to mention the threats pro-abortion activists have leveled against Supreme Court justices.

Regarding the Biden administration’s selective enforcement of the FACE Act, journalist Greg Price observes: “A grand total of zero people have ever been arrested for protesting outside the houses of Supreme Court justices after Roe was overturned, which is a federal crime. But peaceful pro-lifers now face 11 years in jail for praying outside an abortion clinic.”

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