The FBI raided the home of another pro-life activist on Wednesday, as the federal agency steps up its attacks on political opponents of the Biden regime. Guns drawn, officers raided and entered the home of Chester (Chet) Gallagher in Tennessee for his role in a peaceful pro-life event that took place over a year ago outside a center for abortion in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
Gallagher was out of state when armed officers raided his home last night, but the FBI entered his home and questioned his neighbors, according to live action. Like pro-life activist Mark Houck, who was arrested by officers less than a month ago, Gallagher is accused of committing violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
The charges relate to a pro-life event orchestrated by Gallagher on March 5, 2021. Gallagher and other pro-lifers lined the interior hallway of a medical building that houses several offices, including the Carafem abortion center, and peacefully tried to convince mothers seeking abortion to choose life.
“The rescuers who were gathered that day prayed and sang, and the event was non-violent,” reports Live Action. Local police arrested several pro-lifers for trespassing, and they were later released after posting bail.
While Gallagher was the only pro-life “rescue” participant treated to a full FBI raid, others who were part of the Mt. Juliet event were ordered to report to their local authorities for charges under the federal FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act) as well as charges of civil rights conspiracy.
A DOJ Wednesday Press release named seven people, including Gallagher, who are charged with “conspiring against FACE law rights and committing violations of the FACE law.” Four other people are charged solely with violations of the FACE law. “All defendants will have scheduled appearances in the U.S. District Court in Nashville at a later date,” the DOJ said.
The press release details how Gallagher “used social media to promote a series of anti-abortion events scheduled for March 4-7, 2021 in the Nashville area.” Next, Gallagher’s “co-conspirators” “used Facebook to coordinate travel and logistics and to identify other participants in the blockade.”
The DOJ alleges that attendees “blocked the front doors of the clinic and prevented a patient and an employee from entering” and that a live stream of the event showed rescue participants “attempting to engage a patient and his companion”.
If convicted, the seven conspiracy defendants face a maximum of 11 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000, according to the DOJ. The other four defendants face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
The Federalist reached out to Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti, asking what protections they plan to offer their state’s citizens targeted by the Biden administration for their actions protected by the First Amendment. Neither of them answered.
This is the second case in recent weeks where the FBI has raided the home of a pro-life activist under Biden-appointed Attorney General Merrick Garland. A Catholic father of seven children, Mark Houck was stopped by what his wife described as a swarm of 25 to 30 FBI agents – also for alleged violations of the “FACE Act” – at his home on September 29, while his traumatized children watched “scream”.
Mark’s alleged “crime” was protecting his son from an aggressive Planned Parenthood escort in downtown Philadelphia. Houck pushed the pro-abortion man, who was verbally harassing his son and entering his personal space. The pro-abortion man was unharmed after being pushed, according to Houck’s wife, but he still tried to sue Houck. The case was later dismissed by the Philadelphia District Court earlier this year.
Apparently the feds didn’t like Houck going unpunished, and a grand jury accused Houck with “verbally confront[ing the pro-abortion man] and push hard[ing him] on the ground in front of [Planned Parenthood Center], causing injuries… which required medical attention. A spokesperson for the Houck family said that “medical care” was simply “a bandage on his finger”.
Houck faces a possible maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release and fines of up to $350,000. A Page GiveSendGo created to support Houck and his family collects donations.
As the FBI raids and arrests pro-life activists, pro-abortion vandals and terrorists who have spent months destroying and firebomb dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers and churches following the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade apparently received a free pass from the FBI.
“It took a month and a half and a campaign of pressure from congressional leaders and concerned senators for the FBI to even say they were ‘investigating’ these attacks,” reports Elle Reynolds of the Federalist, noting that ” we have yet to see any SWAT type raids like what the Houcks endured against arsonists whose criminal behavior furthered the regime’s agenda.
CompassCare Pregnancy Services is a pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York, which was burned down in early June. CompassCare provided local police and the FBI with surveillance footage after the attack in hopes that the criminals responsible would be brought to justice.
Jane’s Revenge, a pro-abortion terrorist group, admitted in a public memorandum that they are responsible for the firebombing. However, according to CompassCare President and CEO Reverend James Harden, no arrests have been made.
When CompassCare requested the return of their footage because law enforcement was not making progress in investigating the attack, let alone charging or arresting those responsible, the FBI and local police responded. refuse. Tucker Carlson reported in a interview with Harden that the local police attorney told the crisis pregnancy center that they could not retrieve their own recordings as it could “inspire right-wing violence”.
“The FBI has gone from abdicating its duty to provide equal justice under the law to pro-lifers like us,” Harden said in the interview, “to attacking us outright.” Indeed, Biden’s DOJ uses Gestapo-like force to suppress pro-lifers like Gallagher and Houck, while pro-abortion terrorists walk away unscathed.
Evita Duffy is a staff writer for The Federalist and co-founder of the Chicago Thinker. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, and her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at [email protected]
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