Six Pro-Life Activists Face Over 10 Years in Prison for Violating FACE Act in Tennessee

2024-01-31 10:00:40

A federal jury convicted six pro-life activists of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) and a felony conspiracy against rights.

The FACE Act prohibits:

(1) intentionally injuring, intimidating, or interfering with, or attempting to injure, intimidate, or interfere, any person by force, threat of force, or physical obstruction because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services; (2) intentionally injuring, intimidating, or interfering with, or attempting to injure, intimidate, or interfere, any person by force, threat of force, or physical obstruction exercising or seeking to exercise the First Amendment right of religious freedom at a place of religious worship; or (3) intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a facility, or attempting to do so, because such facility provides reproductive health services, or intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a place of religious worship.

Read point #3. I’ll get back to that in a minute.

From the DOJ press release:

According to evidence presented at trial, Chester Gallagher, Heather Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Coleman Boyd, Paul Vaughn and Dennis Green engaged in a conspiracy to prevent the clinic employees from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services, a civil right secured by the FACE Act. As part of the conspiracy, Idoni, Zastrow, Boyd and Green traveled to Tennessee from other states to participate in the clinic blockade, and Gallagher and Vaughn stalled the Mount Juliet Police Department through negotiations that Gallagher referred to as a delay tactic. Evidence at trial further proved that the defendants violated the FACE Act by using physical obstruction to interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient because the clinic was providing, and the patient sought, reproductive health services.

Sentencing will happen on July 2. They face over 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $260,000.

I wonder if the FACE Act is valid since SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade.

If the FACE Act is still legitimate, then yes, the activists violated it.

The conspiracy charge is also nuts. I hate conspiracy charges because it’s a way for the government to nab people if it cannot get people for the actual crime. You could say anything is a conspiracy.

Punishment for Anti-Israel Dumbs?

The punishment, though. Insane. Absolutely insane.

These people sat in front of a door. That is all.

How about those anti-Israel dumbs constantly blocking roads and rushing JFK runways? Will we see them getting 11 years in prison?

Obviously, the dumbs didn’t violate the FACE Act, but they did violate plenty of laws.

How about the numerous threats against Jews? Threats against Jews have always been high in America but worsened after Hamas invaded Israel in October.

Churches and Pregnancy Centers

Let’s get back to the FACE Act.

Do you remember point #3? My emphasis: (3) intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a facility, or attempting to do so, because such facility provides reproductive health services, or intentionally damaging or destroying the property of a place of religious worship.

How many churches and pregnancy centers have been damaged and vandalized since someone leaked Justice Alito’s Dobbs opinion?

I lost count a long time ago.

The left doesn’t consider pregnancy centers as a legitimate reproductive rights facility even though, unless it’s connected to a religion, it will offer information about abortion.

I think the DOJ has only gone after a few people for destruction and vandalism. I don’t know if the DOJ charged them with FACE Act violations.

I’ll dig a little deeper for information regarding the attacks on centers and churches. Maybe there has been progress, but I’m not getting my hopes up.




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