Don’t want pregnant women to be able to kill the kids inside them? Well then off to jail you go if Biden’s DOJ gets its way. That’s because the Biden DOJ just indicted 8 pro-life protesters for daring to protest against abortion outside abortion clinics.
The indictments that the eight protesters are facing come under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, as their protest took place outside an abortion clinic. The incident took place in Michigan in 2020. Fox News Digital, reported on the charges that the anti-abortion protesters face, saying:
According to court documents, the eight defendants were charged with “engaging in a civil rights conspiracy” and with violating the FACE Act by blocking the entrance of the Northland Family Planning Clinic, which offers abortion procedures, in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in August 2020.
The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to use or threaten to use force to “injure, intimidate or interfere” with a person seeking reproductive health services. Convictions of FACE Act violations carry up to 11 years in prison and up to $350,000 in fines.
The protesters are being prosecuted by both the DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights, here led by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, and the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District in Michigan. In its press release on the case, the Eastern District in Michigan office said:
The Justice Department announced today an indictment charging eight people with federal civil rights offenses and violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
According to court documents, Calvin Zastrow, Chester Gallagher, Heather Idoni, Caroline Davis, Joel Curry, Justin Phillips, Eva Edl and Eva Zastrow are charged with engaging in a civil rights conspiracy and with violating the FACE Act in connection with an August 2020 blockade of a reproductive health care clinic in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In addition, Idoni and Edl were also charged with violating the FACE Act in connection with an April 2021 blockade of a reproductive health care clinic in Saginaw, Michigan.
The indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges that on Aug. 27, 2020, all eight defendants engaged in a conspiracy to prevent the Sterling Heights clinic from providing, and patients there from receiving, reproductive health services. According to the indictment, Gallagher advertised the Sterling Heights clinic blockade on social media, and he and Curry livestreamed the incident. The defendants convened at a location near the Sterling Heights clinic, where an uncharged co-conspirator who recorded the incident announced that the defendants were “going over to stand in front of the door” and “interpose.”
The indictment also alleges that all eight defendants violated the FACE Act by using physical obstruction to intimidate and interfere with the Sterling Heights clinic’s employees and patients, because the clinic’s employees were providing, and the patients were seeking, reproductive health services.
The indictment further alleges that on April 16, 2021, Idoni and Edl again used physical obstruction to intimidate and interfere with patients and employees of the Saginaw clinic because the clinic’s employees were providing, and patients were seeking, reproductive health services.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Dawn N. Ison for the Eastern District of Michigan, Assistant Director Luis Queseda of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division and Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters of the FBI Detroit Field Office made the announcement.
Meanwhile, those who blatantly violated the law by protesting outside the homes of conservative SCOTUS justices during the drama surrounding Dobbs and the striking down of Roe are roaming free, never charged, much less locked up, for their crime.
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