Sen. Cruz says DOJ is targeting pro-life activists, doing nothing about violence at the hands of pro-abortion rioters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Senator Ted Cruz (TX), is sounding the alarm on Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) for reportedly using its resources to disproportionately arrest pro-life activists and seemingly ignore the violent attacks on crisis pregnancy centers.

On Thursday, August 30th, in a threat on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Cruz wrote, “At least 88 crisis pregnancy centers have been firebombed, vandalized or set ablaze in the wake of the Dobbs decision. DOJ’s response to this violence has been anemic, having only prosecuted one FACE Act case against these criminals.”

He added, “However, and in stark contrast, the DOJ has brought the entire weight and force of the FBI against those who are engaging in non-violent protests at abortion clinics. Yesterday, the DOJ convicted Lauren Handy and four other abortion protestors for engaging in non-violent protest.”

The Republican Senator continued by saying, “They now face 11 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $350,000. The DOJ has been aggressively targeting Handy since she and others blew the whistle on an abortion doctor in Washington D.C. who was engaging in illegal, later-term abortions.”

According to the Daily Signal, back in December 2022, DOJ’s Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said that the DOJ is targeting pro-life activists through the FACE Act as a response to the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Last updated on August 9, 2023, Catholic Vote noted that the attacks appear to be the work of pro-abortion domestic terrorists. 

“At least 88 pregnancy resource centers and pro-life groups have been attacked and vandalized since a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked in early May 2022. Pro-abortion domestic terrorists have claimed responsibility, and delivered on their promise of a ‘summer of rage,’” the website states.

The group also stated, “The pregnancy resource centers, which provide free medical and financial support to pregnant and new mothers, have been victimized by arson and firebombings; smashed windows; graffiti with threatening messages; destruction of signage; gluing of locks to prevent staff from entering; keying staff members’ cars; and other acts of violence and vandalism.”

Cruz believes that Hardy was targeted by the DOJ due to her pro-life activism, particularly related to her dealing with D.C. abortionist Cesare Santangelo, who operates out of a Foggy Bottom abortion clinic. 

“When you compare how aggressively DOJ treats pro-life protesters like Lauren Handy and Mark Houck versus the hand-off approach it takes to those that burn and vandalize churches and pregnancy centers," Cruz said, "it’s obvious that [Attorney General Merrick] Garland has thoroughly politicized our federal law enforcement and our system of justice. He should redesign.”

Handy said that she was motivated to stop abortions from occurring inside the clinic after she viewed an undercover video published by the pro-life group Live Action that allegedly showed Santangelo discussing how he would allow babies to die if they were accidentally delivered during abortions.

In March 2022, Handy and her colleague Terrisa Bukovinac discovered the bodies of five preemie-sized aborted babies in a box of fetal remains outside the Foggy Bottom-based abortion facility.

They said that the box also contained over a hundred pulverized remains of first-trimester babies. Reportedly, the District does not have any laws that regulate how late during pregnancy a baby can be aborted.
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