President Joe Biden’s pro-abortion Division of Justice (DOJ) tried — and failed — to imprison pro-life activist and Catholic father of seven Mark Houck for 11 years over a shoving incident that occurred in October of 2021.
Houck, 48, testified in district courtroom that he pushed Deliberate Parenthood escort, 73-year-old Bruce Love, as a result of Love was verbally harassing his 12-year-old son as he was sidewalk counseling exterior a Philadelphia abortion clinic. Video of the incident obtained by Breitbart Information exhibits Love going out of his technique to strategy Houck and his son, though Love has denied verbally scary Houck.
Greater than a yr after the incident, the DOJ determined to press fees towards Houck, even if even native authorities declined to press fees. On September 23, 2022, the DOJ despatched a staff of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brokers to his dwelling and allegedly arrested him at gunpoint in entrance of his spouse and kids.
The DOJ accused Houck of violating the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act), a 1993 legislation created to prosecute crimes at pro-life being pregnant facilities that has “been used virtually solely towards pro-life activists,” Catholic Information Company’s (CNA) Joe Bukuras detailed. The FACE Act outlaws “violent, threatening, damaging, and obstructive conduct supposed to injure, intimidate, or intervene with the correct to hunt, get hold of, or present reproductive well being companies.”
Jury deliberations started Friday however had been “deadlocked” by the night. The jury resumed deliberations Monday, and an alternate juror subsequently took the place of one of many authentic jurors by 1:30 p.m. The jury then discovered Houck not responsible on each counts. Houck was charged with two counts of violating the FACE Act and confronted 11 years in federal jail if he had been discovered responsible.
In line with Bukuras, supporters of Houck “cried and hugged each other” after the decision was learn within the U.S. District Court docket in Philadelphia.
Mark Houck’s first feedback after being acquitted: pic.twitter.com/undSF3oiRx
— Joe Bukuras (@JoeBukuras) January 30, 2023
Bukuras famous that even “U.S. District Choose Gerald Pappert himself raised the likelihood that the case ought to by no means have been delivered to trial, asking the prosecution Thursday whether or not the federal FACE Act didn’t ‘appear to be stretched slightly skinny right here.’”
Houck’s arrest got here after the DOJ established a “Reproductive Rights Process Drive” to “shield entry to reproductive well being care” in anticipation of the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
The DOJ went after 26 pro-life people in 2022 with alleged violations of the FACE Act, though FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted in November that roughly 70 % of abortion-related threats of violence in the US because the Dobbs resolution have been towards pro-life teams. Out of greater than 100 assaults of church buildings and pro-life being pregnant useful resource facilities, the DOJ lastly indicted two pro-abortion activists out of Florida accused of vandalism and FACE Act violations final week.
Peter Breen, Thomas Extra Society Government Vice President and Head of Litigation, celebrated the victory and condemned the Biden administration’s “intimidation towards pro-life folks.”
“We’re, after all, thrilled with the result. Mark and his household are actually freed from the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them. We took on Goliath — the complete would possibly of the US authorities — and gained,” Breen stated. “The jury noticed by way of and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. It is a win for Mark and the whole pro-life motion. The Biden Division of Justice’s intimidation towards pro-life folks and folks of religion has been put as a replacement.”