Pro-life activist and Catholic father of seven, Mark Houck’s trial started on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Gerald J. Pappert in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Guys, this trial is a much bigger deal than the media would have you believe. Here we have the Justice Department being used as a weapon against a person for being anti-abortion, making this an attempt by the FBI and the progressives who are in the upper echelon of the government to silence those who might be trying to prevent them from being able to sacrifice pre-born children on the altar of convenience.
The DOJ, according to the Daily Wire, is targeting Houck who is the leader of a non-profit group that works to provide sidewalk counseling at clinics that offer this horrific, murderous procedure in the Philadelphia area, concerning an incident that happened back in 2021 involving his 12-year-old son that took place at a Planned Parenthood facility. The family has stated that Houck, who is currently being charged with allegedly violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, was protecting his son from a pro-abortion activist who was harassing him. Houck is now facing a potential sentence of 11 years in prison, along with a $350,000.
Disturbing. That’s the best word to describe this situation. Someone was harassing this man’s son, he acts like any dad would and defends him, now, because of where the incident took place, a facility that murders children, he might be facing north of a decade in prison? Seriously? This is clearly an intimidation tactic to try and stop people from doing activism and ministry outside abortion clinics.
“This is a political prosecution,” stated one of Houck’s lawyers, Peter Breen, Thomas More Society vice president. Breen then went on to say that his client is innocent and the Biden DOJ moved against Houck to “send a message” to pro-life Americans.
“And what’s clear from the Department of Justice at its highest levels, which is directing this case, [is] that they are trying to send a message to pro-life and people of faith: ‘Don’t mess with us,’” he commented. “They want to intimidate — they want to cause good people like Mark to stop praying and counseling at the abortion clinics of our country. And that’s not going to happen.”
“What in the world would possess the Department of Justice to send 20 or so heavily armed agents to this family’s home, violate the sanctity of that home, frighten the children and then drag their father away instead of allowing us to present him peacefully, which we had offered to do?” Breen asked.
In a press release published by the Justice Department last year, it was claimed that Houck assaulted an abortion escort on two different occasions on the date of Oct. 13, 2021, “because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort.”
“Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero went on to say in the release. “Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals.”
Lawyers representing Mark Houck during the pre-trial that took place last week, stating they produced evidence that proves when Congress passed the FACE Act “it expressly intended to exclude so-called ‘escorts’ operating outside of abortion facilities from being encompassed by the FACE Act.”
“The FACE Act was never intended to cover disputes between advocates on the public sidewalks outside of our nation’s abortion clinics,” Breen remarked. “This new evidence shows clearly that Congress intended to limit the FACE Act to patients and staff working in the clinic, and not to take sides between pro-life and pro-choice counselors and escorts on the sidewalk. The Biden Department of Justice’s prosecution of Mark Houck is pure harassment, meant solely to intimidate our nation’s pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide vital resources to help pregnant women at risk for abortion.”
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