May 15, 2024

Pro-life Activist Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years

Something that has aggravated the right over the last few years has been the endless prosecutions of pro-life activists why this administration and Justice Department ignore abortion activist crimes.

Case in point, Lauren Handy, a pro-life activist, was just sentenced to 57 months in prison.

She received this sentence for blocking the entrance to a DC abortion clinic in 2020.

Seems Extreme

When I look back at all the problems that pro-life organizations and clinics were having in terms of being attacked and how few people were charged, this just seems outrageous to me.

Not only that, but we have seen people charged with far worse crimes than blocking an entrance that received sentences of far less time.

The sad reality here is that Handy could have actually been given an 11-year sentence, which is the maximum allowed under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.

Garland’s DOJ wanted six years, while Handy’s attorneys asked for lenience and a one-year sentence.

Handy had nine co-defendants in the case: Jonathan Darnel, Jay Smith, John Hinshaw, William Goodman, Joan Bell, Paulette Harlow, Jean Marshall, Heather Idoni, and Herb Geraghty.

Hinshaw received a 21-month sentence, while Smith was sentenced to 10 months. The remainder of the group will face sentencing over the next few weeks.

Thomas More Society senior counsel Martin Cannon, who represented Handy, responded to the sentence, stating, “There was only one thing around which Ms. Handy and her co-defendants were unified, and that was nonviolence. They conspired to be peaceful.

“Yet, today, the Court granted the Biden Department of Justice its wish by sentencing Ms. Handy to 57 months—nearly 5 years in prison.

“For her efforts to peacefully protect the lives of innocent preborn human beings, Ms. Handy deserves thanks, not a gut-wrenching prison sentence.

“We will vigorously pursue an appeal of Ms. Handy’s conviction and attack the root cause of this injustice, that is, the FACE Act—which we believe is unconstitutional and should never again be used to persecute peaceful pro-lifers.”

The sentence seems utterly ridiculous, especially since we rarely, if ever, see abortion activists indicted under this administration.

Selective Justice… that should be Garland’s motto.

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