Former Vice President Mike Pence’s Advancing American Freedom is leading a conservative coalition in demanding Justice Department records about the “ongoing attacks against pro-life organizations” — and whether the Justice Department is ignoring them.
In a FOIA Request first obtained by The Daily SignalAdvancing American Freedom and Americans United for Life, Catholic Vote and Concerned Women for America, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and a host of other conservative organizations all suggest that the Justice Department is deliberately failing to address these attacks.
“We have serious concerns that the work of DOJ is being inappropriately politicized, as
Investigating these acts of violence against disfavored organizations is a priority for the current investigation
administration are being slow-walked or outright ignored,” the organizations said. “The execution of justice requires fair and equal treatment under the law here, regardless of the Biden administration’s sympathies.”
According to Catholic Vote trackers: 73 pregnancy resource centers and organizationsAlso, at least 83 Catholic churches have been attacked since the infamous leak of the draft Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion showing that Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
The FOIA request notes that pro-life organizations have been “threatened, their buildings vandalized, defaced, and even firebombed” as “extremist groups” continue to call for violence and “gleefully” take credit for “these wicked actions.” The letter specifically flags Nicholas Roske, who traveled across the country with the stated attempt to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“This continued assault against pro-life Americans, pro-life institutions, and even the Supreme
Court of the United States is an obvious injustice that requires a prompt and comprehensive public response.
response,” the letter notes. “These coordinated acts of domestic terrorism and political intimidation are flagrant violations of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which prohibits any conspiracy to interfere with a
federal official from discharging his duties…”
Advancing American Freedom and the other organizations reiterated their calls for the Justice Department to publicly condemn these “unlawful acts” and to commit to vigorously preventing, investigating, and prosecuting them. They also noted that they have previously asked for a meeting with the Civil Rights Division to discuss plans to “ensure that these attacks never happen again.”
“Our United States Constitution was established ‘in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,’” the signers said. “When violence against pro-life organizations goes unpunished, the commitment to a more perfect union is subverted. When investigations are
Justice is denied when justice is delayed. Americans must live in fear to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Amendment rights in advocating for pro-life principles, domestic tranquility is destabilized.”
The FOIA request was made by Mark Houck, a father of seven and pro-life activist who was accused of encouraging a volunteer at an abortion clinic. This FOIA request came a week after Mark Houck was arrested by the FBI. According to his wife the incident took place in the early hours of the morning, when armed agents seized him in front his screaming children. This has shocked conservatives and prompted harsh rebukes from GOP lawmakers.
Houck was charged by authorities with violating Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act). This law criminalizes the use of force to incite or obstruct anyone from getting or providing an abortive procedure. Houck, a father of seven, pleaded guilty to two charges on Tuesday. Fox News reported.
According to federal court documentsHouck was accused of assaulting a 72 year-old volunteer at the Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center abortion facility in Philadelphia, twice on Oct. 13, 2021.
The District Court in Philadelphia investigated and dismissed the charge earlier this summer, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told Life Site News. She claimed that her husband would sometimes bring their eldest son along. She added that on multiple occasions a “pro-abortion protester” would say “crude … inappropriate and disgusting things” to their 12-year-old son, such as “your dad’s a fag” and other vulgar slurs.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, suggested to The Daily Signal earlier this week that the FBI’s dramatic arrest of Houck is “just a continuation” of the bureau’s “political nature” — “labeling everyone an extremist to satisfy the Biden narrative. “
“And the latest victim, of course, is this family who gets the door kicked in with agents’ guns drawn, for a guy that local courts and police had said there was no real case there at all,” he added.
“Time after time we see this where they’re so aggressive in going after these ‘extremist domestic violence’ cases all over the country,” Jordan added of President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice. “And that’s how they view people who are pro-life, showing up and praying in front of abortion clinics. They view them as extremists when obviously this family is just a good family.”
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