Well-known pro-life activist has some words for Joe Biden and his weaponized Department of Justice

The Biden administration is laser-focused on taking down Christian pro-lifers.

They’re arresting pro-lifers at an alarming rate for quietly praying and peacefully protesting, while turning a blind eye to radical Antifa thugs and pro-abortion fire bombers.

Now, this well-known pro-life activist has some words for Joe Biden and his weaponized Department of Justice.

Pro-lifers have been battling the FACE Act. 

Now, Michael Warsaw, the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, and the Publisher of the National Catholic Register, is speaking out about the injustice.

Warsaw had one word to describe the FACE Act. . .

He called it. . .a FIASCO.

In a controversial move following the Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed that the Biden administration would “use every tool at our disposal to protect reproductive freedom.” 

Among these tools, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) has become the administration’s bulldozer, zealously applied to clamp down on nonviolent pro-life activists.

Recent actions taken against peaceful protesters at abortion facilities in Washington, D.C., and Tennessee underscore the Biden administration’s aggressive stance. 

In Washington, D.C., pro-life activists were convicted last year for using chains, locks, and their bodies to blockade the Washington Surgi-Clinic in 2020. 

Despite the peaceful nature of their protest, these individuals were sentenced to federal prison terms ranging from 10 months to nearly five years.

In Tennessee, another group of peaceful protesters, who merely sang hymns and prayed in the hallways of an abortion facility outside Nashville, faced similar harsh repercussions. 

Among them, Paul Vaughn was dramatically arrested at his home by the FBI in front of his wife and 11 children, reminiscent of the aggressive arrest of Catholic sidewalk counselor Mark Houck in 2022.

The FACE Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, was originally intended to address a surge in violent acts by radical opponents of legalized abortion. 

It criminalizes the use of force, threats, or physical obstruction to prevent access to reproductive health services. 

However, this law has increasingly been wielded as a tool to intimidate and prosecute peaceful pro-life activists under the guise of maintaining order.

Historically, the FACE Act was passed in response to extreme violence by groups like the Army of God, which were responsible for numerous heinous acts against abortion providers, including murders and assaults. 

While the intent was to curb such violence, the application of the FACE Act has disproportionately targeted peaceful protests rather than violent acts, leading to criticism of its overreach.

The FACE Act’s vague and broad language has turned minor acts of civil disobedience into federal crimes, carrying severe penalties. 

In the case of Mark Houck, for instance, local authorities had initially declined to press charges after an altercation with a clinic escort outside a Philadelphia abortion facility. 

Yet, nearly a year later, the Department of Justice charged Houck with FACE Act violations, resulting in a dramatic FBI raid on his home.

This aggressive enforcement has not been evenly applied. 

While pro-life activists face stringent penalties, violent attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers and Catholic churches have gone largely unaddressed under the current administration. 

The DOJ’s selective application of the FACE Act reveals an ideological bias, with the number of cases tripling under Biden compared to the Trump administration.

The FACE Act’s critics argue that its enforcement is ideologically driven and that its sweeping powers are unnecessary. 

With the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which returned the issue of abortion to the states, the justification for such federal overreach has diminished. 

Instead, cases of assault, trespass, and property damage should be adjudicated at the state and local levels, free from federal interference and the political whims of the current administration.

In the spirit of the Dobbs decision, it’s time to reconsider the necessity of the FACE Act. 

While those who commit violence or destruction should undoubtedly be held accountable, peaceful protests should not be met with disproportionate federal force. 

The FACE Act, as currently applied, represents a significant threat to the democratic principles of free speech and peaceful assembly.

As the pro-life movement continues to advocate for the rights of the unborn, it must also push back against unjust laws and overreach that threaten its ability to peacefully protest. 

The repeal of the FACE Act is a necessary step to ensure that peaceful pro-life activists are not unjustly targeted, and that true justice is served.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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