Acquitted Pro-life Activist to Press Charges Against ‘Reckless’ FBI

Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck is planning to take legal action against the FBI and other authorities after being cleared of charges related to the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act), according to the Catholic News Agency.

On a recent episode of the “War Room” podcast, host Steve Bannon asked Houck if he intends to press charges.

Bannon, asked Houck, “Do you intend to press charges for prosecutorial abuse? And are you going to press charges against the FBI agents and the state troopers?”

“We most definitely will and we will be seeking counsel on that,” Houck responded.

Houck was arrested in September 2022 on two charges of violating the FACE Act, which prohibits violent, threatening, and obstructive behavior aimed at interfering with reproductive health services.

At the time of the arrest, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, claimed that a SWAT team with guns pointed at her, her husband, and their children, threatened to break in if he didn’t open the door.

The charges were related to two incidents that occurred in October 2021 at a Philadelphia abortion clinic, where Houck had been a pro-life sidewalk counselor.

The prosecution argued that Houck shoved an abortion clinic escort, Bruce Love, to interfere with Love’s provision of reproductive health services.

However, Houck maintained that he only pushed Love to protect his 12-year-old son from harassment.

The jury ultimately found Houck not guilty of both charges.

News of the acquittal prompted calls for legal action against the Justice Department