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DOJ indicts more pro-life activists over abortion clinic protests.

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced indictments against eight life support activists sparked by protests at abortion clinics in Michigan.

Department store release February 15 Federal Grand Jury prosecution Conspiracy and violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance Act in connection with the August 2020 protests at the Northland Family Planning Clinic in Sterling Heights.

Defendants Calvin Zastrow, Chester Gallagher, Heather Idni, Caroline Davis, Joel Curry, Justin Phillips, Eva Eddle, and Eva Zastrow conspired to lock down the clinic and carried out the lockdown. was accused as

Additionally, Idni and Eddle were charged with violating the FACE Act when they blocked a clinic in Saginaw, Michigan, in April 2021.

Gallagher promoted the protest on social media, and he and Curry live-streamed the incident. Standing on the floor, he said, “I intervened.”

“The indictment also alleges that all eight defendants violated the FACE Act by using physical obstructions to intimidate and obstruct employees and patients at the Sterling Heights Clinic. It was employee-provided and patients were asking for reproductive health services,” he said.

According to the indictment, when the patient tried to enter the clinic to get a prescription for contraceptives, Curry refused to move and said, “Nobody can come in.”

At least three of the defendants have already faced federal indictments. Gallagher, Eddle, Idni, Zastrow and Zastrow were accused of blocking an abortion clinic in Mount He Juliet, Tennessee, in March 2021, the department said in its October report. . release.

The indictment follows the Justice Department’s stepped-up enforcement of the FACE Act following its June 24 Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, drawing criticism from anti-abortion opponents.

Those convicted of violating the FACE Act face up to 11 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

Last month, a federal jury clear Catholic pro-life activist Mark Hook on charges stemming from two confrontations with parenthood volunteers planned for October 2021 in Philadelphia.

Mr. Houck was arrested at his home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the presence of his wife and seven children after being raided by armed FBI agents.

Catholic Vote President Brian Birch said Wednesday’s announcement “further confirms that this administration will spare no expense or resource in hunting down pro-life Americans.”

He accused the department of not showing the same zeal in chasing vandals who carried out vandalism. attacked According to the CatholicVote tracker, 81 pro-life offices and pregnancy centers have opened since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked on May 2.

Last month, the department announced charges against two suspects who vandalized a pro-life center in Florida.

“The shameful thing is that they have no interest in equally pursuing domestic pro-abortion criminals who have destroyed and desecrated hundreds of churches and fertility centers,” Birch said. “The Department of Justice shouldn’t be doing it any favors in enforcing the law, but it seems to be a new policy. Again, all pretense of equal justice is abandoned when it comes to abortion.”

The latest indictment includes Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clark, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Dawn N. Ison, Deputy Director of the FBI Criminal Investigations Division Luis Queseda, and Timothy Waters of the FBI Detroit field office. announced by investigators. DOJ indicts more pro-life activists over abortion clinic protests.

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