In the last 10 days, a man who murdered an 18-year-old boy for being a “Republican extremist” was initially charged with vehicular homicide and then released free on bond. Another who shot an 84-year-old pro-life volunteer in the back has not been charged with a crime.
Yet a man accused of pushing a Planned Parenthood escort who verbally assaulted his son had 20 FBI agents arrest him in his home —in front of his seven young children.
Pro-life activist Mark Houck, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, was charged with forcefully shoving a Planned Parenthood escort to the ground twice last year, which required the escort to receive “medical attention.” President Biden’s Department of Justice maintains the confrontation was a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance Act, which makes it a federal crime to use force to intimidate, injure or interfere with someone providing abortions. If convicted, Mr. Houck faces up to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release and as much as $350,000 in fines.
What the Department of Justice fails to mention is that Mr. Houck retaliated only after the escort followed him, yelling profanities at Mr. Houck’s then-12-year-old son, including the assertion that “your dad is a fag.” According to Mr. Houck’s family, the only injury the escort suffered required “a Band-Aid on his finger.” The escort tried to sue Mr. Houck last year, but was unsuccessful in lower courts. Mr. Biden’s Justice Department resurrected the case last month.
There should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that this Department of Justice has been weaponized to target Mr. Biden’s political opponents and to ignore the crimes of his political allies.
What else can explain DOJ’s complete lack of action on abortion rights terrorists?
Since the leaked draft of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization opinion in June, at least 73 pregnancy resource organizations and at least 83 Catholic churches have been threatened, defaced and even firebombed. A man attempted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Department of Justice has slow-walked or outright failed to investigate these acts of domestic terrorism.
And why would they act? it was just last month that Mr. Biden branded all pro-lifers as dark “MAGA forces determined to take this country backwards,” a threat “to the very soul of this country.” It should be noted Planned Parenthood spent $45 million in the 2020 election, the biggest electoral expenditure in its history, to get Mr. Biden and other Democrats into office.
So, it seems Mr. Biden’s attorney general, Merrick Garland, is borrowing from Vice President Kamala Harris’ playbook when she was attorney general of California, doing Planned Parenthood’s bidding by targeting pro-life activists.
Let’s not forget, Ms. Harris authorized a raid on David Daleiden’s apartment in April 2016, seizing his laptop and hard drives after his Center for Medical Progress released hidden-camera footage showing Planned Parenthood representatives discussing the harvesting of and billing for fetal tissue obtained from abortions for medical research.
In late 2019, a federal jury in San Francisco ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, ordering Mr. Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress and others to pay them $2.3 million in damages for violating federal and state laws by trespassing on private property and secretly recording the videos without their consent.
The FBI’s raid on Mr. Houck’s home was no accident — it was a clear intimidation tactic, a warning to all pro-life advocates to stand down and shut up. Your First Amendment rights to free speech can be trampled, your voices shouldn’t be heard, you’re a “threat to democracy.”
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has upped its donations in the 2022 midterms to support Democrats. This year, it will spend a record $50 million to elect abortion rights supporters across the country.
• Kelly Sadler is the commentary editor at The Washington Times.
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