Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last year to overturn Roe v. Wade, far-left pro-abortion activists have waged a nationwide terror campaign of vandalism and threats of violence against pro-life pregnancy resource centers.
Two of those activists in South Florida have now been indicted on federal charges in relation to their criminal behavior — the first such response to the wave of several dozen attacks that have occurred, The Washington Times reported.
In an ironic twist, the two pro-abortion activists have been charged under the same federal law — the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances, or FACE Act — that has been used in heavy-handed fashion by the current Justice Department to go after non-violent pro-life activists who protest peacefully outside of abortion clinics.
Federal charges … finally
A DOJ press release on Tuesday announced that Caleb Freestone, 27, and Amber Smith-Stewart, 23, were indicted by a federal grand jury for targeting pro-life reproductive health service facilities with vandalism and threatening graffiti in at least three separate incidents in 2022 in the Florida cities of Hialeah, Hollywood, and Winter Haven.
According to the federal indictment, Freestone and Smith-Stewart are alleged to have conspired with others to intimidate, threaten, and violate the rights of those who seek to access or are employed by the pro-life pregnancy resource centers that provide alternatives to abortion.
As such, both are charged with violating 18 U.S.C. Sec. 241 — Conspiracy against rights, in that they are alleged to have joined with two or more people to “conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” others, and wore disguises while doing so, in order to prevent them from freely enjoying or exercising their rights.
The pair are also charged with violating two provisions of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 248 — Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances, in that they used force or the threat of force to intimidate and interfere with, and intentionally damaged or destroyed property, in an effort to prevent others from obtaining or providing reproductive health services.
Per the DOJ release, both Freestone and Smith-Stewart could face up to 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines up to $350,000 if convicted on all counts.
Identified as self-proclaimed members of Antifa
The Times reported that a watchdog group known as AntifaWatch has positively identified both Freestone and Smith-Stewart as being members of Antifa in Miami as well as the pro-abortion activist group known as “Jane’s Revenge” that has claimed credit for a majority of the several dozen targeted attacks against pro-life pregnancy resource centers across the country.
Both Freestone and Smith-Stewart were identified as members of Miami #antifa on our website in November of 2021.
— AntifaWatch (@AntifaWatch2) January 25, 2023
It was further alleged by AntifaWatch that Freestone has been identified as an individual who attends school board meetings and documents the names of parents speaking out against leftist indoctrination to then doxx and harass and threaten online.
Wave of pro-abortion terror
The Times noted that there have been at least 78 different attacks involving vandalism and threats against pro-life pregnancy resource centers and health clinics since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision was first leaked in May 2022.
That wave of attacks had been a source of great frustration to the pro-life crowd as, up until now, the DOJ had seemingly taken no action to address those incidents in terms of arrests and indictments — though the DOJ still apparently had the time and resources to arrest and harass peaceful pro-life protesters for merely standing on sidewalks outside of abortion clinics.
The tide may now have turned, however, as the Times pointed out that the FBI recently announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the individuals involved in the pro-abortion attacks on pro-life facilities.