The Biden administration used the Justice Department to target pro-life Americans, according to a DOJ official.
Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta admitted that the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division ramped up its efforts to crack down on pro-lifers after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.
Gupta, in a speech to mark the DOJ division’s 65th anniversary on Dec. 6, said the court “dealt a devastating blow to women throughout the country.”
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She claimed the justices stripped a constitutional right to abortion and increased the “urgency” of the DOJ’s work “including enforcement of the FACE Act, to ensure continued lawful access to reproductive services.”
New York Post columnist Miranda Devine called Gupta’s ideology “dangerous” in a tweet:
Dangerous having this ideologue as Ass. AG. Vanita Gupta falsely described the overturn of Roe v. Wade as a “devastating blow [removing] the constitutional right to abortion”. Said it increased “the urgency” of the DOJ’s work. Like FBI raids of pro-lifers in front of their kids https://t.co/hDrFKL4OTh— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) December 13, 2022
The DOJ used the FACE Act — passed in 1994 to ensure access to pro-life and pro-choice reproductive health services — to indict 26 people. Only four people were indicted last year.
The Daily Signal pointed out the DOJ’s discrepancy in the cases:
At least 98 Catholic churches and 77 pregnancy resource centers and other pro-life organizations have been attacked since May, but the DOJ has apparently not charged a single person in connection with these attacks. Meanwhile, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has charged 26 pro-life individuals with FACE Act violations this year.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last month that the investigations are not politically motivated.
“We have quite a number of investigations as we speak, into attacks or threats against pregnancy resource centers, faith-based organizations, and other pro-life organizations,” Wray said.
He said a vast majority of the abortion-related violence investigations have been threats against pro-lifers.
“We’re going after that through our joint terrorism task forces, through our criminal authorities, FACE Act, and things like that,” he said. “We have about 20 field offices involved in this, and so, we take it very seriously. And again, I don’t care whether you’re motivated by pro-life views or pro-choice views, you don’t get to use violence to express it.”