The Biden White House continues to exist in its own little media-protected bubble, creating its own version of reality that often collides headlong with the truth.
The latest example of this occurred Monday during a press briefing when the president’s affirmative action spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre denied there has been an increased effort by federal authorities to target pro-life activists.
“At a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on Thursday, former President Donald Trump said the radical Democrats are locking up pro-life activists, persecuting their political opponents. Just, what is your White House response?” a reporter asked.
“Clearly, that’s not true. I’m not going to say more than that,” Jean-Pierre replied. “It’s just not true. It’s false. It’s a lie. It’s not true. So I’m going to move on.”
Reporter: "Former President Trump said Democrats are locking up pro-life activists."
Jean-Pierre: "Clearly that's not true. It's false. It's a lie."
Reporter: "There's a perception pro-life activists were being persecuted while pregnancy centers are being attacked."
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 7, 2022
The reporter pressed to say there’s a “perception though that pro-life activists are being persecuted and, in the meantime, like, pro-life pregnancy centers are being attacked…”
“It’s not,” the White House press secretary interrupted. “It is just — that is just not something that I’m going to comment from here about what the former president said. It is — you know, I’m just not going to get anything further.”
The problem is, as Fox News noted, there is “clear evidence of an increase in arrests” involving those who oppose the killing of unborn babies, with the network saying the Biden Department of Justice “has ramped up prosecutions of pro-life activists in the months following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.”
“A law that was barely used in 2020 and 2021 has not been used to indict 26 people this year,” the network reported. “In recent weeks, the DOJ has indicted 14 people under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, a Clinton-era law that makes it a federal crime to use or threaten to use force to ‘injure, intimidate, or interfere’ with anyone seeking either abortion services or pro-life pregnancy counseling services.”
In October, pro-life activist Paul Vaughn was arrested in an early morning FBI raid, charged with allegedly blocking the entrance of an abortion clinic in March 2021. Vaughn, the father of eleven children, faces more than 10 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. Ten other pro-life activists were also charged with blocking the entrance to the Nashville abortion clinic.
The FBI also arrested pro-life activist Mark Houck in September for allegedly shoving a Planned Parenthood escort, charging him with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, detailed the terrorizing scene at their home when 15 agents showed up with guns and shields and arrested her husband in front of their children.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2022
“Mark says, ‘Please, I have seven babies in the house. I’m going to open the door, but please, I have seven babies,’” she said. “He opens the door and immediately there’s guns pointed at him, a gun pointed at me on the staircase and another gun over our threshold and scanning the home. Our children were right there … essentially they had guns pointed at them.”
“Everything is very chaotic because the children are just crazy. They’re crying and screaming, and my one son said ‘He’s my best friend, you can’t take him, he’s my best friend,’” Houck said. “It was terrifying. The children are screaming and crying. You just figure one move from a 4-year-old and something tragic could have happened.”
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