A Neutered Abortion Lobby Needs a DOJ That Actively Targets Pro-Life Advocates

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Fact: The Department of Justice would rather prosecute and manufacture crimes against pro-lifers, religious organizations, and conservatives than prosecute real crimes against the same by Jane’s Revenge and Antifa.


Earlier in March, Attorney General Merrick Garland did a song and dance before the Senate Judiciary Committee when confronted by Senator Mike Lee on his lack of motivation in arresting and prosecuting the 83 attacks on pro-life organizations and 141 attacks on houses of worship. On the converse, he sends an entire SWAT apparatus to take down a pro-life father who shoved a pro-abortion protestor for verbally attacking his young son, and he continues to push for the prosecution of Paul Vaughn and 11 other pro-life individuals for blockading a Tennessee abortion clinic in March of 2021.

In light of this imbalance of the scales of justice, and with the overturn of Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Supreme Court decision in June of 2022, Vaughn and the other plaintiffs are seeking to have this case dismissed.

President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has demonstrated a pattern of selectively enforcing the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act against pro-life individuals, attorneys representing indicted pro-life activists argue in new court filings.

That selective enforcement violates the First Amendment, according to the court documents filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The case pertains to the DOJ’s indictment of 11 pro-life individuals, including Paul Vaughn, who took part in a “in a clinic blockade” at a Tennessee abortion clinic in March 2021.

Attorneys with the Thomas More Society argue that the indictment of the 11 pro-life activists should be dismissed on the grounds of selective prosecution, claiming that the FACE Act is an unconstitutional content-based regulation of speech that violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the free exercise clause.


“The DOJ has demonstrated clear and illegal hostility toward the pro-life viewpoint in its statements and enforcement decisions, running roughshod over fundamental religious freedoms and free speech rights, and bringing an illegal selective prosecution here,” the filing says.



This really is January 6 all over again, with less of a full-court press to cover their tracks. The J-6 Committee pretended at an investigation to root out what caused the supposed unprecedented attack on the Capitol, which somehow morphed into an attack on all democracy. The “Joke”-6 Committee did a dog and pony show that only had one conclusion: to destroy President Donald Trump and his administration and ensure he would never run for office again. We see how well that went. We now know that J-6 Prisoners like Jacob Chansley were simply collateral damage in a crazed political agenda.

So, Garland’s excuse that the lack of prosecution against those committing atrocities against pro-life centers is because the people committing the crimes do it “at night and in the dark” is flaming garbage. Many of the journalists and activists who have been intimately involved in reporting on the injustices of January 6 agreed.


The pro-life organizations have had enough and, as my colleague Ben Kew reported, have mounted a lawsuit against the Department of Justice demanding information and action. Mike Howell, a plaintiff in the suit and director of the Heritage Foundation Oversight Project issued a statement, appropriately dripping with disdain:

“There are two standards for the application of justice in this country under Joe Biden and Merrick Garland, and Garland is a disgrace to the office he holds,” Howell said. “That’s why we asked for these documents, and it’s why the DOJ refuses to give them up — they know that what Americans would learn will not be pretty. That’s also why we’re not going to stop fighting until we get them.”

“We filed this lawsuit in the middle of the day, so there’s no reason for Garland and his team to miss it,” Howell quipped.

This is also a reflection of how neutered the abortion lobby is without the cover of Roe v. Wade. As the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state’s ability to ban the abortion pill goes before the Supreme Court, the pro-aborts need visible scalps anywhere they can find them, and Garland is happily complying by going after pro-life activists and slow-walking investigations into the attacks on pro-life and religious centers. The recent upholding of Oklahoma’s ban on abortion is also proof that their ability to force-feed the death of babies in a compliant nation is long over.


Even organizations that are still attempting to hold the abortion lobby’s water are being slapped down, as this recent incident at the National Air and Space Museum shows. The Smithsonian had to issue an apology to the 15 South Carolina Catholic School students who were kicked out of the museum for wearing pro-life beanies. This was not only a victory for pro-life speech, but a victory for freedom of speech.

Smithsonian apologizes after kicking out 15 #Catholic students for wearing pro-life beanie hats and after lawsuit was filed, museum signed Consent Order promising visitors would never be ejected for visible political speech. #1A #FreeSpeech #laws

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