The FACE Act was passed as a way to try and stop Pro-Life activists from exercising their First Amendment rights.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion criminals, BLM thugs and Antifa terrorists roam freely causing death and destruction while Pro-Lifers are rounded up.
Now Joe Biden’s weaponization of the FACE Act is leading Pro-Life Leaders to call for major changes.
Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government, held a press conference at the U.S. Capitol following the conclusion of a hearing, “Revisiting the Implications of the FACE Act.”
Stripped of its intent
The law’s title is an acronym for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances.
As Johnson explained, “The FACE Act is a 1994 law that was passed here that prohibits threats of force, obstruction and property damage intended to interfere with reproductive healthcare services and the statute protects Pro-Life pregnancy counseling services and other pregnancy support facilities providing reproductive healthcare.”
The law subjects violators of the act to federal charges.
Johnson went on, “The FACE Act has been stripped of its intent and used as a tool to both simultaneously prosecute Pro-Life individuals and insulate those who carry out attacks on Pro-Life advocates and facilities.”
Johnson pointed to the recent prosecution of violent pro-abortion radicals in Florida for vandalizing Pro-Life pregnancy centers as the lone example of any pro-abortion activists facing charges under the FACE Act.
This single case was brought despite the hundreds of arsons, vandalism, and destruction of Pro-Life clinics in just the last year.
DOJ’s weaponization against Pro-Life activists
And to make it worse, the radical terrorist group Jane’s Revenge has publicly taken credit for most of these attacks.
Yet they still walk around with no fear of prosecution from a DOJ that has been totally weaponized against Pro-Life Americans.
Meanwhile the FBI is investigating and the DOJ is prosecuting hundreds of peaceful Pro-Life activists, some for merely silently praying on public sidewalks.
The most famous example of this was the unfounded DOJ prosecution of Mark Houck under the FACE Act.
As Johnson said, “In October 2021, while standing and praying on a street corner, away from the entrance of a Planned Parenthood clinic, he and his 12-year-old son were there. Mr. Houck was approached by a Planned Parenthood escort who repeatedly antagonized him verbally and attempted to intimidate him and his young son.”
“He asked him politely to stop that behavior and the man did not. And so, Mr. Houck eventually pushed the escort away from his young son and the guy fell to the ground.”
Local officials declined to prosecute but eleven months later, Houck gained undo national attention after the FBI descended on his home in an early morning raid to arrest him for a purported violation of the FACE Act stemming from his encounter with the Planned Parenthood escort.
Time to repeal FACE
Houck’s case is but one example of the unfair and politicization of the FACE Act.
That’s why more Pro-Life leaders and Members of Congress are calling for its repeal – or at least for reform.
Savanna Deretich, the government affairs coordinator at the Pro-Life advocacy group Students for Life Action, also delivered remarks at the press conference.
Deretich pointed out that Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of Action, applauded the House Judiciary Committee for “addressing the abuse of the FACE Act as it is applied to peaceful Pro-Life Americans.”
“It has become progressively obvious that federal agencies are wielding this law in a discriminatory manner toward the Pro-Life movement,” Deretich said.
“This includes using the FACE Act as a cover to disproportionately discriminate against Pro-Life activists who have violated the law as well as agencies turning a blind eye when Pro-Life pregnancy centers are damaged or destroyed by the abortion lobby.”
In an interview with The Christian Post, Deretich talked about the hostility and violence directed at Students for Life of America following the Dobbs decision: “We’ve had arson, we’ve had bomb threats, we’ve even had physical attacks where they have physically taken away our things and touching us, punching us. We’ve had students that have been punched door-knocking as well as tabling, and we’ve even had pee thrown at some of our students.”
“The FACE Act is not being properly enforced,” she said, stressing that “we would love for it to be properly enforced.”
Better yet, let’s repeal the FACE Act in its entirety.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.