Joe Biden’s Justice Department had even more reason not to command the FBI raid of Mark Houck’s home. The pro-life advocate and family man offered to speak to them around 3 months ago.
At 5:00 am on September 23rd, 20 to 30 armed FBI agents showed up at his private home. They banged on the door and terrified his wife and their seven young children. They threatened to break down the door if he didn’t open it. The agents then proceeded to arrest him at gunpoint in front of his family and take him away.
What did Houck do wrong? He was counseling women outside of an abortion clinic. He wanted them to know that they had other options. A man who the clinic hired to usher women in without seeing or hearing other options began to confront his child. The man shouted at his young son and screamed obscenities in his face. Houck shoved the man away from his son and the man fell to the ground.
This all happened around a year ago and a court even dismissed charges his prosecutors filed.
The problem? Houck violated what is known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, also known as FACE. This act makes it illegal for anyone to present options that might persuade a woman not to kill her child. Biden’s Justice Department deems this offense serious enough to unnecessarily traumatize children.
Yes, the arrest was entirely unnecessary. According to Houck’s attorney, Thomas More Society Vice President and Senior Counsel Peter Breen, Houck offered to turn himself in voluntarily months ago.
In June 2022, Thomas More Society attorneys notified the Biden Department of Justice that the FACE Act does not cover one-on-one altercations like the one involving Houck, which was initiated by the abortion proponent who was harassing Houck’s son. The Department of Justice was also advised that if the decision was made to bring a charge against Houck despite lack of legal foundation, Houck would appear voluntarily.
“Rather than accepting Mark Houck’s offer to appear voluntarily, the Biden Department of Justice chose to make an unnecessary show of potentially deadly force, sending twenty heavily armed federal agents to the Houck residence at dawn this past Friday,” explained Breen. “In threatening form, after nearly breaking down the family’s front door, at least five agents pointed guns at Mark’s head and arrested him in front of his wife and seven young children, who were terrified that their husband and father would be shot dead before their eyes.”
“This case is being brought solely to intimidate people of faith and pro-life Americans,” stated Breen. “Mark Houck is innocent of these lawless charges, and we intend to prove that in court.”
The devoted family man and community leader will appear in federal court in Philadelphia for a 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) arraignment on September 27, 2022, with his Thomas More Society attorneys by his side.