Two Florida residents were indicted by the US Department of Justice on Tuesday for attacking an emergency pregnancy resource center. It was the first indictment to follow a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.
According to the indictment, 27-year-old Caleb Freestone and 23-year-old Amber Smith-Stewart were accused of blocking employees at a clinic’s reproductive health services facility in Winter Haven, Florida, from providing services. allegedly conspired.
Both suspects targeted a pregnancy resource facility in Winter Haven and said, “If abortion isn’t safe, it’s not safer than Nizar.” [sic] You’, ‘Your time is up!!’, ‘We’re coming for you’, ‘We’re everywhere’.
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Winter Haven wasn’t the only clinic Freestone and Smith Stewart targeted. In fact, the indictment alleges they also targeted facilities in Hollywood, Florida and Hialeah, Florida.
Freestone and Smith-Stewart violated the Freedom of Access, or FACE, Act to the clinic entrance by spray painting the threat. President Bill Clinton signed this act into law in his 1994 to deliberately harm those seeking abortions, those exercising their First Amendment rights to religious freedom, and reproductive health facilities and places of worship. It prohibits the use of force or the threat of any kind against anyone who destroys or destroys it.
Freestone and Smith-Stewart allegedly used the threat of force to intimidate and hinder employees of the Winter Haven reproductive health service facility because they provided their services. .
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The duo also allegedly violated the FACE Act by damaging the facility with spray-painted threats, as the facility provides reproductive health services.
Both Freestone and Smith-Stewart could face up to 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000 if convicted.
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Several parties were involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case, including the FBI Tampa Field Office, Miami Police Department, U.S. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Telwell, and Criminal Division Attorneys Sanjay Patel and Laura Kate Bernstein. increase.
The DOJ came under fire last year for arresting pro-life activists following a number of unresolved attacks on critical pregnancy centers.