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Biden Justice Department Sues Pro-Life Activists

The Justice Department is suing two pro-life organizations and seven activists for allegedly blocking access to an abortion clinic in Ohio in 2021.

The civil suit was filed on Monday in the Northern District of Ohio against Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, a Michigan-based charity, Red Rose Rescue, whose website is operated by the charity’s president and solicits donations, as well as the activists who allegedly blocked access to two Ohio clinics that provide abortions. The two incidents took place on June 4 and 5, 2021.

Prosecutors argue that the activists violated the 1994 FACE Act, a federal law that prohibits physical force, threats of force or intentionally damaging property to prevent someone from obtaining or providing abortion services.

One of the defendants in the case, Lauren Handy, was sentenced last week to four years and nine months for organizing a similar protest in Washington, D.C., in 2020. Handy’s attorney told Fox News Digital last week that he believes that sentence was “really harsh” and contrasted it with the lack of investigations into the anti-Israel demonstrations that have been occurring on college campuses for weeks.

The Ohio complaint seeks $5,000 in damages for each person affected and fines of up to $20,516 for each defendent as provided by the FACE Act, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

“Defendants’ conduct as described in paragraphs 1 through 99 constitutes a physical obstruction that intentionally intimidated or interfered with persons, or an attempt to intimidate and/or interfere with such persons, because they were or had been providing reproductive health services, or in order to intimidate such persons from providing reproductive health services,” the complaint reads.

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