DOJ Continues Persecution Of Conservatives, Charges 11 Pro-Life Activists

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing the Biden administration’s persecution of conservatives as news has broke that 11 pro-life activists were charged in relation to a 2021 sit-in protest at a Tennessee abortion clinic.

The DOJ is claiming that the activists had violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. In a press release on Wednesday, the department said that the charges stem from a 2021 protest in which the pro-life activists “engaged in a conspiracy to prevent” an abortion clinic “from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services.”

The 11 pro-life individuals who were arrested include Chester Gallagher, Heather Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Coleman Boyd, Caroline Davis, Paul Vaughn, Dennis Green, Eva Edl, Eva Zastrow, James Zastrow and Paul Place.

The DOJ identified Chester Gallagher as the leader of the group, claiming that he used social media to coordinate the blockade of the clinic — known in pro-life circles as a “rescue,” where individuals organize a sit-in to block the sidewalk in front of a clinic to prevent abortions from occurring.

“His coconspirators and others blocked the clinic’s entry doors and prevented a patient and an employee from entering,” the DOJ claimed in the press release. “The 11 individuals, aided and abetted by one another, used force and physical obstruction to injure, intimidate and interfere with employees of the clinic and a patient who was seeking reproductive health services.”

The press release continues by asserting that the pro-life activists used “physical obstruction to intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient, because the clinic was providing, and the patient sought reproductive health services.”

Pro-life nonprofit organization Live Action reported on the news, noting that the FBI had attempted to raid Gallagher’s home over the peaceful protest — despite the fact that local authorities chose not to prosecute anyone for the demonstration.

“The event in March 2021 was reportedly peaceful, with participants lining the inside hallway of a shared general medical office building which, in one area, houses the Carafem abortion facility,” Live Action explained. “The rescuers who were gathered that day prayed and sang, and the event was nonviolent. Some recorded the events on video. Several participants were arrested by local police that day and were later released after posting bail for misdemeanor trespass charges.”

FBI agents reportedly “arrived with guns drawn” at Gallagher’s home, but came back empty handed, as he was out of state at the time.

Live Action went on to note that the agents “attempted to gain information on his whereabouts from neighbors.”

LifeNews, a pro-life news outlet, reported that officers “demanded his whereabouts from Gallagher’s family.”

The Justice Department’s announcement also stated that a majority of the defendants could potentially be facing up to eleven years in prison.

“If convicted of the offenses, the seven conspiracy defendants each face up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release and fines of up to $350,000,” the department said. “The remaining five defendants face a year in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000.”

The charges, which were approved by a federal grand jury, come soon after the FBI raided the home of another pro-life activist — Mark Houck. While his “screaming” children looked on in horror, agents swarmed Houck’s home and arrested him over FACE Act charges related to an incident in which the father of seven had shoved a 72-year-old pro-abortion activist outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The activist had allegedly been harassing Houck’s 12-year-old son.