The FACE act was created in 1992 to be used as a tool against those protesting violently (mostly peaceful in today’s terms) against abortion clinics, but in order to make it palatable, I guess they used the all-encompassing term “reproductive health services.”
Nowadays we have clinics that also offer reproductive health services but without abortion in the menu and those have been the target of Antifa and other ultra-Left Wingers after SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, most attacks against these clinics have been ignored by the Feds till now.
Welcome to Florida…again.
Two Florida residents were indicted by a federal grand jury for spray-painting threats on reproductive health services facilities in the state.
The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Florida, alleges that Caleb Freestone, 27, and Amber Smith-Stewart, 23, engaged in a conspiracy to prevent employees of reproductive health services facilities from providing those services. According to the indictment, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants targeted pregnancy resource facilities and vandalized those facilities with spray-painted threats. According to the indictment, Freestone and Smith-Stewart, and other co-conspirators, are alleged to have spray painted threats, including “If abortions aren’t safe than niether [sic] are you,” “YOUR TIME IS UP!!,” “WE’RE COMING for U,” and “We are everywhere,” on a reproductive health services facility in Winter Haven, Florida. The indictment further alleges that facilities in Hollywood, Florida, and Hialeah, Florida, were also targeted.
The indictment also alleges that Freestone and Smith-Stewart violated the FACE Act by using threats of force to intimidate and interfere with the employees of a reproductive health services facility in Winter Haven because those employees were providing or seeking to provide reproductive health services. The indictment further alleges that Freestone and Smith-Stewart violated the FACE Act by intentionally damaging and destroying the facility’s property because the facility provides reproductive health services.
If convicted of the offenses, Freestone and Smith-Stewart each face up to a maximum of 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release and fines of up to $350,000.
It overflows my cup of Schadenfreude to see the tools they created to fight one side, used against them. I am actually amazed that a Federal prosecutor had the testicular fortitude to go against the undeclared amnesty emanating from D.C.
Let’s see how far will it go.