My VIP for this week is Mark Houck, the pro-life father who was charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act in Pennsylvania. He allegedly pushed a pro-abortion activist who was allegedly antagonizing his son. Today Houck was acquitted by a jury of both Department of Justice charges.
In late September, more than twenty “heavily armed federal agents with shields and long guns” arrested Houck in front of his children. Peter Breen, Thomas More Society executive vice president and head of litigation, made the following statement today:
We are, of course, thrilled with the outcome…. 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….
A few weeks ago Breen said that the Biden administered had “filed two brazenly defective and discriminatory charges” against Houck and declared that both charges should be dismissed. “Both counts allege that Mark Houck interfered with a so-called volunteer abortion patient escort, when in reality, Houck had a one-off altercation with a man who harassed Houck’s minor son, approximately 100 feet from the abortion business and across the street.” He continued by saying that the care was “brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans.” He declared, “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”
Breen and his team obviously proved in court that Houck is innocent of the charges because the jury acquitted him. The case brought “a national outcry” from conservatives because the DOJ and FBI are charging pro-life activists while ignoring the attacks on pro-life centers and churches.