A pro-life activist who was held at gunpoint by the FBI in front of his children and prosecuted by the Biden administration for an alleged confrontation outside an abortion clinic is running for Congress.
Mark Houck, a devout Catholic and father of seven, has come to the decision after fervent prayer to run against incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District.
Fitzpatrick, who is a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, has been the district’s representative since 2019. He heads up the powerful House subcommittee on national intelligence.
“I’ve known the Fitzpatrick family for a long time. I have the highest respect for the Fitzpatrick family. I honor his service to our country, but the time has come, I think, for a change in our district,” Houck told the Church Militant.
(Video Credit: Church Militant)
“I have seen first-hand what an out-of-control government can do to its citizens. I will fight to protect all people and their rights under God and our Constitution. My platform is based on common sense,” Houck proclaimed via his campaign website.
“I am running for Congress to further protect my family, those in the 1st district & the Republic. I will focus on restoring traditional values & principles that are central to the American identity, such as faith, family, and freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bear arms,” Houck asserted.
Issues addressed on Houck’s site include support for limited government and a strong military that is not “a social experimentation program.” He is also pledging to bolster support for military veterans, address the crisis in fatherhood as it pertains to juvenile and adult crime, fight to protect the “assault on our borders,” and “restore family values by instituting and promoting policy that protects the dignity of the human person, in particular the pre-born child.”
According to CNA, if elected, Houck has expressed his desire to serve on the newly formed Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, chaired by Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, which investigates “violations of the civil liberties of citizens of the United States.”
BREAKING: Mark Houck Announces Candidacy For Virginia-1 Congressional Seat pic.twitter.com/lCcQLKpPso
— Grace Chong (@gc22gc) August 4, 2023
The Christian father was facing 11 years in prison for purportedly violating the FACE Act which makes it a federal crime to illegally injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone due to their status as an abortion provider. Houck was accused of shoving an abortion escort twice after his then-12-year-old son was accosted at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. He was acquitted of all charges last January by a jury after only one hour of deliberation.
Philadelphia courts declined to prosecute Houck, but after Roe v. Wade was overturned the US Department of Justice brought charges. Houck was then arrested nearly a year later in September 2022 by agents of the FBI who arrived in 15 vehicles, surrounding his home in the early morning raid.
An attorney for Houck said at the time of his client’s arrest that the DOJ was targeting the pro-life activist “solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans.”
Mark Houck, a Catholic father of 7 children, who was arrested few months ago on charges of pushing a Planned Parenthood escort to defend his son while praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Philadelphia, has announced that he’s running for Congress. He has said that… pic.twitter.com/HTUJFzCseG
— Sachin Jose (@Sachinettiyil) August 3, 2023
“Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday,” his attorney claimed.
“In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes,” the attorney noted.
Houck, 48, leads a nonprofit group called The King’s Men that provides sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics in Philadelphia. The group’s website calls the organization “authentically catholic” and “unapologetically masculine.”
(Video Credit: prolifeinformation)
Republicans were outraged over the treatment of Houck following his rough treatment by federal authorities.
Rep. Chip Roy: “Your job is to protect the American people from a tyrannical FBI storming the home of (Mark Houck) an American family.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray: “I could not disagree more with your description of the FBI as ‘tyrannical.'”pic.twitter.com/gWgSa2CUmX
— Pastor A.B. Harris (@pastorabharris) July 13, 2023
WATCH: @SenTedCruz grills AG Merrick Garland on the FBI arrest of pro-life advocate Mark Houck at his home in front of his wife and 7 children.
— Live Action News (@LiveActionNews) March 1, 2023
Houck told House lawmakers in May that he believes the FBI raided his home to “humiliate me, to scare my children, and to instill fear in pro-life America.”
“My children were downrange of many guns, and they screamed through the whole process,” he recounted. “The committee should know that they were traumatized.”
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