Pro-Life Father Acquitted Of Federal Charges, Attorney Rips Biden Admin ‘Intimidation’ | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ashe Schow.

    A Catholic pro-life activist facing 11 years in prison for allegedly violating a federal law prohibiting people from blocking others from entering an abortion clinic was acquitted on Monday following a week-long trial.

    Mark Houck leads a nonprofit group that counsels women outside of abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was providing sidewalk counseling when, the Department of Justice says, he assaulted an abortion escort twice "because he was a volunteer reproductive health care clinic escort."

    "Assault is always a serious offense, and under the [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] 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 said in a DOJ press release. "Our Office and the Department of Justice are committed to prosecuting crimes which threaten the safety and rights of all individuals."

    The FACE Act makes it a federal crime to injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone due to their status as a provider of reproductive health care.

    Houck and his attorneys at the Thomas More Society argued, however, that this was "a political prosecution" meant 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,'" Thomas More Society vice president Peter Breen told Fox News. "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."

    Breen told the outlet that the case was thrown out of state court but revived by the Biden administration nearly a year after the incident. Further, Breen said, some 20 FBI agents raided Houck's home when they arrested him, treating him "as if he was a drug lord or a mafia boss."

    "If he was truly a danger to the community, they wouldn't have waited a year to prosecute," Breen said. "Serious questions need to be asked of the attorney general. What was he thinking? Why did they do this obscene show of force against a peaceful pillar of the community?"

    Houck's lawyers also argued that the DOJ's claim that the FACE Act protects anyone associated with an abortion clinic is inaccurate.

    "The FACE Act was never intended to cover disputes between advocates on the public sidewalks outside of our nation's abortion clinics," Breen said in a statement earlier this month. "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."

    Houck pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and testified at trial that he and the clinic escort, Bruce Love, had two altercations on the day in question. The first occurred while Houck was counseling two women crossing the street who left Planned Parenthood, Catholic News Agency reported. Love allegedly chased Houck about 100 feet in an attempt to stop him from counseling the women, Life News reported. Houck claimed that Love surprised and made contact with him, causing him to ask, "What are you doing?" and reflexively elbow the escort in the hip to move him out of the way. The prosecution argued that Houck elbowed Love unprovoked because of his status as a clinic escort.

    After this, Houck said Love left the clinic and stood near Houck's 12-year-old son while taunting Houck Sr., saying, "You're hurting women. You don't care about women."

    Houck said Love also repeatedly disparaged him to his son, who testified on Friday that Love stood about an arm's length away from him near the clinic.

    "I moved away... because I was scared," the younger Houck testified, adding that Love told him, "Your dad's a bad person. Your dad's harassing women."

    It was after Houck repeatedly told Love to stop harassing his son that Houck said he pushed Love away.

    The jury deadlocked on Friday after two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, telling U.S. District Judge Gerald Pappert that they didn't think they could come to a conclusion given more time. Pappert sent the jury home but instructed them to return Monday morning and continue deliberations anyway.

    On Monday, the jury acquitted Houck. Following the verdict, Breen released a statement condemning the Biden administration for pursuing his client.

    "We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome," Breen said. "Mark and his family are now free of the cloud that the Biden administration threw upon them. We took on Goliath - the full might of the United States government - and won. The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution's discriminatory case, which was harassment from day one. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice's intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place."

With Roe v Wade (originated in 1973) overturned by the US Supreme Court, thereby allowing decisions on abortion legislation completely returned to the states: Where do you find your position on such a "Life and Death" issue for the American People?
  Yes, I approve of the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate this "medical" issue back to the states' legislative responsibility to regulate.
  No, I believe that every woman should have complete access to abortion on demand.
  This issue is far beyond my intellectual capacity to understand.
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In light of continued developments, primarily since 2008, there exists in these United States a Legal System which operates on a proved Two Tiered approach to justice rendered, which primarily benefits Democratic Elites and Woke Ideological Virtue Signalers, representing their co-dependent wards, to the expressed exclusion of normal hardworking American citizens: What is your suggestion in remedying this widespread injustice and, if not corrected, its existential outcome for our Constitutional Republic?
  Complete overhaul of the Department of Justice and their enforcers - the FBI - to reflect a far more honest justice system to keep patriots remaining calm.
  Disband the FBI, and request that congress investigate all unethical and non patriotic practices to partially right the wrongs of a distrusted and politically weaponized "Department of Justice."
  Continue with the current system since the two tiered justice system has been so remarkably beneficial to Democratic Socialist political hegemony; chronic distrust in institutions notwithstanding.
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Considering how abjectly corrupt and civilly abusive the Left has become regarding the corrosive effect of their elected leaders; their entrenched and ruling bureaucracy; employing their failed Education Industry as Indoctrinators; their collusive private sector operators, such as the terminally discredited Legacy Media and Big Tech censorship of Free Speech: What will be the best course forward for hardworking Middle Americans, including the Patriot Class?
  Withdraw from society, go underground and plan for a resurgence when it is feasible to do so.
  Work within the confines of better policy by the People's government, once good sense and sanity is restored in the electorate at large, to achieve such.
  Are you a crazy, nut-job Insurrectionist? Everything is perfect within our plan to achieve our intended goals for the Socialist Left.
  Secession to form a true Constitutional Republic.
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( February 8th, 2023 @ 11:37 am )
The utterly corrupt and politically weaponized Merrick Garland DOJ has a major comeuppance on this issue of the sanctity of life, and the faux punishment of those that champion the Life Rights of the Unborn over birth control convenience for the those living, who wish when babies live and babies die.

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