Anti-abortion convictions spotlight DOJ’s handling of protesters

The Department of Justice’s announcement this week that it secured convictions for six activists who blocked the entrance to a Tennessee abortion clinic has revived criticisms that the department under President Joe Biden is unfairly prosecuting those with right-leaning viewpoints.

The activists had crowded into a hallway of a carafem abortion clinic near Nashville in March 2021 and prayed and sang hymns while blocking the clinic’s entrance. Local police, after issuing several warnings, arrested some of them on the spot for trespassing misdemeanors.

A year and a half later, the FBI was knocking on their doors, and the activists were confronted with the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and conspiracy against rights charges — the latter of which is a felony. They now each face up to 10.5 years in prison. Their sentencing is scheduled for
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