President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has been thoroughly politicized and weaponized against Americans who oppose or hold dissenting views from the Democratic administration, and that is especially evident in how the DOJ has been persecuting pro-life activists.
Herb Geraghty is a pro-life activist who was just indicted on federal charges for blocking access to an abortion clinic, and he has now spoken out to the Daily Caller about how he has been targeted for prosecution by Biden’s DOJ.
Pro-life activist indicted for blocking access to abortion clinic
Geraghty revealed the indictment against him in a thread of tweets posted Monday night that accused President Biden’s administration of using the DOJ as a weapon against political dissidents, and though he acknowledged the “terrifying” prison sentence that awaited him if convicted, he asserted that it paled in comparison to the trial-free death sentences imposed on unborn babies through abortion.
This past weekend I learned I was indicted on charges related to nonviolent pro-life advocacy.
Thanks to everyone who reached out.
I am doing alright.
— Herb (@HerbGeraghty) October 18, 2022
The DOJ announced its indictment of Geraghty on Friday on two criminal counts — “conspiracy against rights and FACE Act offenses in connection with an alleged reproductive health care clinic blockade in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22, 2020.”
Geraghty, among others, is alleged to have entered an abortion clinic and physically blocked the entrance to prevent the clinic from providing its services to others, and if convicted, each of the defendants could face up to 11 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $260,000.
Targeting pro-life activists to send a message
“What we’re talking about here is nonviolent pro-life activity,” Geraghty said in an interview with the Daily Caller. “This is something that people should care about because it’s showing an abuse of power from the Biden administration targeting many peaceful pro-life activists.”
“For me, the anti-abortion cause is not something that’s religious. I’m an atheist. It’s not necessarily a right-wing opinion. I work with the Progressive Antiabortion Uprising,” he continued. “Many people believe abortion should be illegal and it should not be normalized to have this mass industrialized slaughter of unborn human beings.”
“It’s clear right now that pro-life activists and leaders are being targeted in a political persecution from the Department of Justice under Merrick Garland,” Geraghty added. “I think that it is incredibly concerning to see the DOJ used in this way, as a political weapon against dissidents, particularly when those dissidents are people who simply believe in the right to life for all human beings.”
Worse than it was under Obama’s DOJ
Roger Severino, a former director of the DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights, told the Daily Caller that “There’s been a shocking increase in the number of FACE Act investigations, prosecutions, and overcharging in terms of the number of years they’re threatening people with.”
“The DOJ is charging people over alleged violations that would not ever merit such a heavy hand it if were in any other context, but because it has to do with abortion, they want to throw the book at pro-lifers to scare people from exercising their first amendment rights,” he continued.
“They increased enforcement under the Obama administration compared to the Bush years to target pro-lifers, but now it doesn’t even compare,” the attorney added of the Biden DOJ. “They’ve put it on steroids. The number of investigations, the overcharging, the use of armed officers late at night scaring little children and taking their fathers away in handcuffs at the point of a gun.”