The Justice Dept. has raided the homes of more pro-life leaders across the nation.
The raids and arrests are believed to be part of a coordinated attack to silence and intimidate conservatives, Christians and the pro-life movement, warned best-selling author Todd Starnes.
At least 13 pro-life leaders have been arrested so far. The most recent was Paul Vaughn, of Centerville, Tennessee.
He told Daily Signal a small army of heavily armed agents showed up “guns pointed at the door, banging on the house, yelling and screaming, ‘Open up. FBI,’ that kind of thing. When I opened the door and saw the guns pointed at me, I asked them what they wanted, who they were looking for, and they said they wanted me.”
“I had kids in the yard walking out to get in the car to go to school, I was about to take them to school, and other kids in the house,” he continued. “So seeing that the easiest path to de-escalation was me in handcuffs, I stepped outside and put an end to the ranting and the banging and the yelling.”
The Justice Dept. accused Vaughn and the other pro-lifers of using social media to organize sidewalk protests outside the baby-killing facilities. They also stand accused of shouting that babies were being killed.
“The last time I checked my pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution, Americans still have free speech and the freedom to peacefully assemble,” said Starnes. “This is clearly an attempt by the Biden Administration to jail their political enemies. This is payback for the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.”
The indictment alleges that, beginning in February 2021, Gallagher utilized social media to promote a series of anti-abortion events scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in the Nashville area. Other co-conspirators then utilized Facebook to coordinate travel and logistics and to identify other participants for the blockade. On March 4, 2021, Boyd and Gallagher advertised the blockade of the Carafem Health Center Clinic, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, which was planned for the following day. In his social media post, Gallagher referred to the blockade as a “rescue.” Boyd also began a Facebook livestream broadcast of the clinic blockade at 7:45 a.m. on March 5, 2021. This livestream broadcast was titled, in part, “Mount Juliet, Tennessee, Rescue March 5, 2021,” and livestreamed the blockade event as his coconspirators and others blocked the clinic’s entry doors and prevented a patient and an employee from entering. The livestream also broadcast members of the group attempting to engage a patient and her companion as Boyd told his livestream audience that the patient was a “mom coming to kill her baby.”
The indictment further alleges that on March 5, 2021, 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 indictment also alleges that all 11 defendants violated the FACE Act by using 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. All defendants will have appearances scheduled in U.S. District Court in Nashville at a later date.
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 remaining five defendants face a year in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000.Justice Dept.
🚨 One of the pro-life leaders targeted by Biden’s DOJ sent me footage of the early morning FBI raid on his family home. Paul Vaughn was placed in handcuffs by armed FBI agents in front of his children just before school drop-off. Watch as his wife pleads for answers mid-arrest: https://t.co/lUP6tJOSzW pic.twitter.com/XeYComC6mZ— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) October 7, 2022
Pennsylvania pro-life activist Mark Houck was arrested during an FBI raid at his home last month and has been charged with FACE Act violations. He’s accused of shoving a clinic escort to the ground outside of a Philadelphia abortion clinic.
Sources told the Todd Starnes Show the confrontation started because the clinic volunteer was harassing Mr. Houck’s then-12-year-old son.
Houck has pleaded not guilty.