Republicans in Congress have continued to call for the repeal of the FACE Act after six pro-lifers face over a decade in prison after being convicted of FACE Act-related charges in federal court in Nashville.
The lawmakers have said in recent days that the FACE Act, a Clinton-era law that criminalizes the use of force or threats of force that prevent someone from accessing an abortion facility, has been weaponized against pro-life activists. The six pro-lifers convicted on Tuesday face hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and up to 10.5 years in prison after the Biden administration accused them of conspiring against rights secured by the FACE Act.
On Friday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) urged his colleagues in the House to take up a bill he introduced last year that would repeal the FACE Act.
“We must end this weaponized law NOW. [House Republicans] should take up Rep. Roy’s FACE Act Repeal(HR577) immediately,” Roy’s press account posted on X.
“The TN case is part of a disturbing pattern of overcharging and using absurd amounts of law-enforcement resources to intimidate pro-lifers.”
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) February 2, 2024
The legislation, which was sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Senate, was referred to as the “Restoring the First Amendment and Right to Peaceful Civil Disobedience Act.”
“Free Americans should never live in fear of their government targeting them because of their beliefs. Yet, Biden’s Department of Justice has brazenly weaponized the FACE Act against normal, everyday Americans across the political spectrum, simply because they are pro-life. Our Constitution separates power between the federal government and the states for a reason, and we ignore that safeguard at our own peril,” Roy said last year when introducing the measure. “The FACE Act is an unconstitutional federal takeover of state police powers; it must be repealed.”
Other Republicans in the House have echoed support for taking up Roy’s legislation after the Nashville verdict, including Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-VA).
“Being jailed for singing hymns and trying to protect innocent babies? I strongly support [Roy’s] FACE Act Repeal Act to protect these individuals from injustice,” he said.
— Congressman Bob Good (@RepBobGood) January 31, 2024
“Proud to cosponsor @RepChipRoy’s FACE Act Repeal Act. This law has been abused by the Biden administration to target peaceful pro-life activists,” Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) posted on X.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) February 1, 2024
Lee noted on X that the FACE Act, which is also supposed to be used to protect churches and pregnancy centers, appears to only be used to target pro-life activists and not pro-abortion activists.
“Bottom line: the Biden administration incarcerates people for praying at abortion clinics while ignoring violent acts at churches and pregnancy centers. So many camels. So much obsessive attention paid to harmless things mistaken for gnats,” Lee said on Tuesday.
The push comes after pro-lifers Chet Gallagher of Tennessee, Coleman Boyd of Mississippi, Heather Idoni of Michigan, Cal Zastrow of Michigan, Paul Vaughn of Tennessee, and Dennis Green of Virginia were convicted of conspiracy against rights and violating the FACE Act.
The six were indicted by the Department of Justice after a protest that took place in a hallway outside of a Mount Juliet abortion provider on March 5, 2021. On that day, a group of demonstrators gathered on the second floor of an office building in the hallway outside the Carafem Health Center Clinic. The group prayed, sang hymns, and urged women showing up to the clinic not to get abortions.
Originally Posted on: https://www.dailywire.com/news/republicans-call-for-repeal-of-weaponized-face-act-after-conviction-of-peaceful-pro-lifers
[By: Leif Le Mahieu