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Caleb Freestone, Amber Smith Stewart charged with attack on Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

A grand jury has indicted two Florida residents for vandalizing multiple critical pregnancy centers. It marks the first federal indictment filed last year in dozens of attacks on pro-life facilities across the country.

The indictment alleges Caleb Freestone, 27, and Amber Smith-Stewart, 23, in violations of federal law, including freedom of access to clinic entrances, for “reproductive health service employees accused of engaging in a “conspiracy to prevent the provision of services”. [FACE] Act, according to the Justice Department.

The defendants and other co-conspirators are accused of vandalizing at least three pro-life pregnancy centers in Florida that provide resources for pregnant women but not abortions with graffiti supporting choice.

The Center at Winter Park was attacked with the following message: [sic]”We are everywhere”, “Your time is over!!” and “WE’RE COMING for U.”

Facilities in Hollywood and Hialeah were also targeted.

Defendants violated the FACE Act by using the threat of force to intimidate and obstruct employees of the Winter Haven reproductive health service facility because they were providing or attempting to provide reproductive health services.” the agency said in a press release.

The Life Choice Pregnancy Center in Winter Haven, which was attacked shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, offered free services such as ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, parenting classes and post-abortion counseling. It offers.

The FACT Act prohibits threats intended to intimidate or interfere with reproductive health services, whether at an abortion clinic or a pro-life pregnancy center.

“The indictment further alleges that Freestone and Smith Stewart violated the FACE Act by intentionally damaging or destroying property at the facility because the facility provided reproductive health services. claims,” said a Justice Department release.

The defendant faces up to 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $350,000.

At least 78 anti-life support facilities have been attacked since the draft High Court ruling that overturned Roe’s decision was leaked on May 2. A Biden administration that supports selective prosecution.

Group AntifaWatch claimed that both defendants were affiliated with Antifa of Miami.

A Facebook page identified as owned by Amber Smith Stewart of Miami contains professional Antifa and anarchist imagery.

Last week, the FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of the attack. Some were carried out by activists from the radical pro-choice group Jane’s Revenge.

The case was investigated by the FBI Tampa Field Office with the assistance of the Miami Police Department. Caleb Freestone, Amber Smith Stewart charged with attack on Pro-Life Pregnancy Center

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