Peaceful Nashville Pro-Life Activists Face 10 Years Behind Bars
Jury deliberations are underway in the notorious case of six peaceful pro-life protesters. Biden’s Department of Justice accused the defendants of conspiring to restrict the rights of women at a Tennessee abortion clinic in March 2021.
Closing arguments for the DOJ and defendants were given Monday in the Nashville courtroom. All six facing prosecution are charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
Conviction could result in a sentence of up to 11 years in prison.
The protest that spawned the wrath of the federal government was conducted on March 5, 2021. Pro-lifers gathered in a second floor hallway outside the doors of a Mount Juliet abortion facility.
The six who were arrested prayed and sang hymns at the site while urging women who entered to change their minds about aborting their unborn children.
Their lawyers told the jury during closing arguments that the six were carrying out a “rescue.” They argued the pro-lifers conducted themselves in a peaceful manner and avoided oppressing, threatening or intimidating anyone seeking an abortion.
Six pro-life activists are on trial in Nashville, Tennessee, facing federal charges related to a 2021 blockade of a nearby abortion clinic.https://t.co/hX8BfnU7bm
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The gathering at the clinic ranged from children to the elderly. Police on the scene demanded the group leave the Carafem Health Center Clinic, but some did not comply.
The Biden administration announced in October 2022 that 11 of the peaceful protesters faced charges under the FACE Act. Seven of the 11 were targeted with the additional charge of conspiracy against rights, or violating liberties granted by the Constitution.
Four defendants face a possible one-year sentence and a $10,000 fine. And one of the seven charged with multiple counts accepted a plea deal and agreed to testify for the government.
The woman testified that being indicted “terrified” her.
That left the six who were tried on both the alleged FACE Act violation and conspiracy against rights.
Videos of the peaceful protest were played before the courtroom, which was packed with supporters of the pro-life defendants. The demonstrators could be heard singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Onward Christian Soldiers.”
One demonstrator in another clip could be heard saying they should address a man and woman who showed up in a compassionate manner. They also advised expressing that a child “is a gift from God.”