Crime Spree Ended: Abortion Advocates Arrested for Attacks on Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers
The Justice Department has finally arrested and indicted two abortion activists in connection with over 250 cases of violence against churches and pregnancy centers.
A federal grand jury in the Middle District of Florida indicted two Florida residents for spray-painting threats on multiple pro-life pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives.
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The two activists targeted pregnancy resource facilities and vandalized them with spray-painted threats, including “If abortions aren’t safe than neither [sic] are you,” “YOUR TIME IS UP!!,” “WE’RE COMING for U,” and “We are everywhere.” Some pregnancy centers hit include facilities in Hollywood, Florida, WinterHaven, Florida, and Hialeah, Florida.
27-year-old Caleb Freestone and 23-year-old Amber Smith-Stewart have been indicted on federal charges for attacking anti-abortion facilities in Florida over the course of three months, including this Archdiocese of Miami Office of Respect Life facility in Hollywood, Florida. pic.twitter.com/pLBgweGHKV
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) January 24, 2023
These vandalizations came hot on the heels of a pro-abortion march by Antifa and other radical leftists, where they threatened to kill pro-life people with slogans similar to the ones spray painted.
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The indictment also alleges that the two activists violated the FACE Act, which prohibits threats using threats of force to intimidate and interfere with the employees of a reproductive health services facility. The pair of activists are accused of doing just that in Winter Haven, as those employees were providing or seeking to provide reproductive health services. The alleged vandalizations violate the FACE Act as well.
If convicted of the offenses, each vandal maximum of 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000.
The attack is the latest in hundreds of crimes directed at pro-life advocates and churches in the past year. LifeNews, which kept track of the incidents, estimated an average of four per week in 2022. In total, LifeNews counted about 250 attacks in 2022. Some of the more memorable include shooting an elderly pro-life woman in Michigan and an abortion activist who allegedly tried to burn a police officer with a makeshift flamethrower during a protest in Los Angeles.
This crime spate was likely due to the leaking and eventual issuing of the Dobbes v Jackson decision from the Supreme Court, which overturned Roe v Wade, sparking the backlash. However, there have been few arrests. Last week, the FBI offered reward money for information leading to arrests in many of the attacks.
Many pro-life organizations are increasing security in response, and Republican lawmakers are demanding action from the Biden administration to crack down on the growing pro-abortion domestic terrorism. However, the Biden Administration has been non-responsive and instead focused on further expanding abortions
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