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FBI Raiding Homes of Pro-Life Rescuers

DOJ Charges Could Sentence Some to Eleven Years


By: Mark Gabriel
Constitution Party of Wisconsin




Many have heard of Mark Houck, the pro-life Catholic father of seven, who was charged under the federal FACE Act, “Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances,” for an incident that occurred on October 13, 2021.  The DOJ knew that Mark had an attorney, and all they had to do was notify him of the charge and any required appearance.  Instead, his home was raided by the FBI to arrest him on September 23rd, 2022.  His wife described it as, “A SWAT team of about twenty-five came to my house and started pounding on our door.  They said they were going to break in if he didn’t open it.  And then they had about five guns pointed at my husband, myself and basically our kids.”  Mark prays and offers literature to those coming for abortions at Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia.  A deathscort (death-escort) for Planned Parenthood, who ushers women in to kill their babies, came over to get in the face of Mark’s young son and speak vulgarities.  After refusing to leave, Mark pushed him away.  Although police were called, they did not make any charges.  The deathscort filed a criminal complaint but never showed up in court, so nothing came of it.  Yet the Feds filed charges to put Mark away for up to 10.5 years.  The jury found him, “Not Guilty.”

Persecution of Paul Vaughn

Paul Vaughn

Paul Vaughn

Less known than the persecution of Mark Houck by the FBI and DOJ is their persecution of Paul Vaughn. Paul’s home suffered an early morning raid by the FBI in a similar SWAT-style manner.  His entire family heard the pounding at the front door.  Paul looked out a side window and saw many unmarked cars with flashing lights.  A few of his eleven children were going out the back door for school, to be met by an armed man with an AR-15.  At the front door, Paul saw non-uniform men pointing guns at him.  He asked them who they were looking for, and they said, “you.”  This exchange reminded this writer of another unjust arrest that occurred over 2000 years ago.  Paul and his wife repeatedly asked to see a warrant and identification.  One of them pointed to his Velcro “FBI patch” that looked like something purchased online and said, “that’s all you get.”  Arrogant and cocky they were until Paul’s wife started videotaping them.  Then suddenly their manner changed, and they attempted to answer a question or two.  However, they would not tell them where they were taking Paul, so Mrs. Vaughn called an attorney in their church, and they spent six hours making phone calls trying to find out.  Paul had been arrested without his wallet or cell phone.  Once in their vehicle, he first learned that he was charged with FACE.  They took him on a 1.5-hour ride into downtown Nashville.  He had to agree not to go within 150 feet of their sacred altar for child sacrifice before being released.  The FACE Act states, “Whoever by force or threat of force, or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates, or interferes with … any person … from obtaining or providing reproductive health services… is subject to a misdemeanor of up to 6 months in prison.”  Apparently, this penalty was not long enough for Biden’s DOJ; they have also charged six of the defendants with a “Title 18, 248 Violation of Civil Rights, Conspiracy” charge that can add on another ten years in prison.  So, what did Paul do to bring the wrath of the federal government upon him?  In March of 2021, he acted as a liaison to the police during a rescue to communicate their intentions to simply prevent baby murder with a sit-in beside the entrance of the murder center in a peaceful, non-violent way. This occurred at the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee “Carafem” abortion center about 1.5 years prior to his arrest.  Paul did not even participate directly by sitting down to block the entrance.  The city fathers representing the people of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee never approved for this “clinic” to do surgical abortions to begin with; however, in another example of judicial tyranny, a federal court issued an injunction to force the city to do so. Although current State law respecting human life has forced this abortion center to close, they were allowed to murder preborn children at the time of the rescue. Six of the eleven rescuers charged from the Carafem rescue, went to trial on January 23, 2024. In total disregard for higher law, and apparently thinking it a “civil right” for a mother to kill her own offspring, a week later. The jury found all six guilty of FACE and conspiracy charges. Their sentencing is scheduled for July.

Charged with Conspiracy

The rescuers, charged with “conspiracy,” refused plea deals from the DOJ that would have dropped their charges down to misdemeanors if they had pled guilty to the FACE charge.  This they were unwilling to do, believing that what they did was just and right, in seeking to protect human life, and it’s those who are doing the abortions that should be charged with felony crimes. What God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to Israel, certainly applies to America today: “[The LORD of hosts] looked for justice, but behold bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress… Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” (5:7b,20a).  The Federal 6th Circuit Court has gone so far as to say, “The United States submits that the FACE Act should be broadly interpreted to include all forms of physical obstructions to clinic access, even where those obstructions are temporary, incomplete, or do not employ particular tactics.” Never mind that it’s all to keep anyone from interfering with the brutal slaughter of innocent children that many incredibly call “women’s healthcare!”

Heather Idoni

Heather Idoni

A similar trial of a rescue occurred last year in Washington, D.C. and resulted in a guilty verdict also on both charges, FACE and the federal civil rights conspiracy charge.  In a highly unusual move, the radical, pro-abortion judge had those non-violent rescuers taken off to prison directly from the courtroom, rather than to wait for sentencing, which is not scheduled until May.  Heather Idoni was involved in both the D.C. rescue and the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee rescue.  During the Nashville trial, she was moved in shackles daily, back and forth, from a jail in Kentucky.

This Country Has Strayed from God

To see how far this country has strayed from God and our foundational documents, a division of the federal government, that is supposed to be concerned about civil rights, seeks to severely punish those protecting the most vital of all God-given rights, the right to life.  As the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men [even babies] are created equal [not born equal], that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – that to secure these rights governments are instituted…”  The argument can certainly be made that constitutionally the government is duty bound to secure the right to life of every human being, even from fertilization.   Abortion, being a direct attack and destruction of human life, should itself be a violation of the US Constitution.  The court in Dobbs did not go far enough in overturning Roe; they should have declared that the practice of abortion violates the 5th and 14th Amendments: “No person shall be… deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”  (5th Amendment).  “No State shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction, the equal protection of the laws.” (14th Amendment).

Learn more about the truly God transformed lives of five of the six Rescuers from the Nashville trial, by hearing their stories firsthand at:

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