CENTERVILLE, Tennessee (LifeSiteNews) – The FBI raided the home of pro-life activist Paul Vaughn in front of his children and arrested him, charging him with “conspiracy against rights secured by the FACE Act, and committing FACE Act violations.”
Vaughn, the married father of 11 children, told the Daily Signal that the FBI came to his home in Centerville, Tennessee last week with “guns pointed at the door, banging on the house, yelling and screaming, ‘Open up. FBI.’”
“When I opened the door and saw the guns pointed at me, I asked them what they wanted, who they were looking for, and they said they wanted me,” Vaughn continued.
In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Monday, October 10, Vaughn told the Fox News host that when the FBI came to his house, some of his kids were just heading to the car to go to school. One of the FBI agents “goes to the kids and holds the kids with a long gun outside of my driveway and does not let them go into the house.”
“That is absolutely, as my wife said in the video, unacceptable,” Vaughn continued.
Video footage taken by Vaughn’s wife shows the FBI agents outside the family’s home. The mother of 11 children follows the agents while recording their conversation.
“I wanna know why you were banging on my door with a gun,” she said. “Are you not going to tell me anything?”
“No, we are not,” one of the agents replied, while another added, “I tried.”
“No, you didn’t!” the mother shouted back. “You did not try.”
Video of the FBI's arrest of Paul Vaughn of Centerville, Tennessee. DOJ charged him with “conspiracy against rights secured by the FACE Act, and committing FACE Act violations" for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic. Paul tells me the footage was taken by his wife. pic.twitter.com/KSDvLRSrlF
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) October 7, 2022
UPDATE (01/30/23): Mark Houck has been AQUITTED on both charges!
Thanks be to God LifeSiteNews can report that Mark Houck has been found "Not Guilty" on all counts today.
In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania spokeswoman and Houck family friend Ashley Garecht said “We rejoice and celebrate that Mark Houck has been found not guilty on all counts.”
“This case was always about a father’s right to protect his son, and never had anything to do with the FACE act,” she said. “We are grateful to the judge for his integrity, and to the jurors for their thoughtful deliberations. We are grateful to Mark’s attorneys who labored so diligently in his defense. And we are grateful for all of those who surrounded and supported Mark and his family in prayer through this challenging ordeal.”
“Most of all we praise and thank God for his protection and provision,” Garecht added. “To Him be all the glory.”
The Thomas More Society is set to hold a press conference today on the 6th street side of the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia.
Monday’s verdict came after a tense weekend wait following a deadlocked jury on Friday.
Several hours into Monday’s deliberations after the jury reconvened, an alternate was chosen to replace one of the jurors. Just before 3:00 p.m. EST, the jury delivered its verdict, acquitting Houck on both charges.
Mark Houck, a pro-life Catholic father of 7, became the latest victim of an FBI raid and arrest on the morning of Friday September 23 — for supposed “FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act” violations — at his rural home as his children looked on “screaming.”
The arrest and raid stems from an altercation with a Planned Parenthood worker.
According to Mark’s wife Ryan-Marie, a “pro-abortion protester” would verbally harrass Mark's 12-year old son — hurling vulgar and derogatory statements.
When the protestor encroached in the boy's space, Mark defended his son. At that point, “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back,” Ryan-Marie recounts.
The protestor was not injured, but he tried to sue Mark Houck for the assault but his case was thrown out of court in the early summer.
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If convicted, Houck faces up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000, according to the Justice Department.
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“Just in the last few days we’ve seen some pretty glaring examples of what appear to be instances of DOJ [Department of Justice] overreach. You’ve got a Catholic father of seven who formed a group designed to encourage young men to be faithful to their commitments, arrested in front of his seven children just recently. You’ve got all these instances of overreach. It’s deeply concerning to us all. These are all things we’re gonna be looking into.” — US Senator Mike Lee
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Vaughn is one of the 11 pro-life activists who were hit with federal charges this week for their involvement in a peaceful 2021 pro-life rescue at a Nashville, Tennessee abortion facility, which has since been forced to stop committing abortions to comply with current state law.
The pro-life activists are accused of coordinating via social media to hold a pro-life rescue at Carafem Health Center Clinic, a Mt. Juliet, Tennessee abortion facility, on March 5, 2021.
The indictment against the pro-lifers was brought by a federal grand jury in Nashville, and alleges that the pro-lifers “aided and abetted by one another, used force and physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with employees of the clinic and a patient who was seeking reproductive health services [abortions].”
However, video footage along with local reporting at the time indicate the pro-lifers were engaged in peaceful protest.
If convicted, the pro-life advocates charged with conspiracy, including Vaughn, could face up to 11 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fines
Carlson said in his interview with Vaughn that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is claiming that the 55-year-old father is a “violent extremist who is a physical threat to others.” Vaughn responded by saying that these claims are “made up” and “used to justify” to “go after peaceful people who disagree with them politically.”
When asked by the Fox News host about what his children thought about the incident, Vaughn said that they are “trying to work through what happened.”
“Fortunately, we do a lot of studying about historic Christianity and missionaries in the past” who faced “persecution,” he continued.
“So they are familiar with stories, they know people have been martyred throughout history, they know they’ve been persecuted and picked on by bully tyrants in other parts of history just like they are being in America today,” Vaughn stated.
The news of yet another FBI raid on the home of a pro-life father comes amid a wave of federal indictments against pro-lifers under the radical pro-abortion Biden administration, including the dramatic arrest of Catholic pro-life activist Mark Houck by heavily-armed FBI agents last month.
Houck, like Vaughn, is the father of a large family – in Houck’s case, with seven children – who was arrested in front of kids for a relatively minor incident that happened more than a year ago.
When the Daily Signal asked Vaughn about the parallels between him and Houck, the father of 11 replied: “Is it against the odds that two large families would be attacked in two weeks? Versus smaller families that are active in pro-life work?”
“What I told the agents that arrested me on the ride into town since we had a nice hour of fellowship, is that it’s a beautiful tactic,” he explained. “If you want to suppress free speech and you want to strike fear and intimidation into opposition and you weaponize justice to go after someone, to suppress, if you can get a large family, you get all the children.”
“And all the children have this memory growing up of the big, bad agents banging on the door and taking away dad. And they have an innate sense of fear now that they have to overcome in their life to oppose anything that is put upon them,” Vaughn added.
Carlson blasted the Biden administration’s DOJ in his show on Monday for its double standard, as the arrested pro-lifers face longer prison sentences than criminals who burned down buildings.
The primetime host mentioned a case from Buffalo, New York in June where a pro-life pregnancy service center was firebombed and no arrests had been made.
“All of those crimes, and countless others, that are happening on a scale that we have not seen in our lifetime are treated as less serious offenses than a man who sang hymns in an abortion clinic,” the Fox News host pointed out.
“See how this works,” Carlson added.
“A group aligned with Joe Biden firebombs a building and the FBI does nothing. Instead, they send agents with automatic riffles to the home of a 55-year-old man with 11 children because he sang hymns in an abortion clinic.”
“In America in 2022 whether you are dangerous or not depends almost entirely on who you voted for,” the Fox News host declared in another part of his show.
“This is intentional, it’s right in our face, and it is completely unacceptable,” he added.
“These are political raids, and they are exactly what the most recent FBI whistleblower Steve Friend warned about last month.”
Steve Friend, who works for the FBI, accused the federal agency of “manipulative casefile practice” that “creates false and misleading crime statistics, constituting false official federal statements.”
Friend said that a SWAT raid in August 2022 on a suspect in Jacksonville, Florida, in the context of the January 6th investigation, violated both FBI policy as well as the suspect’s rights under the Sixth and Eighth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution (regarding a fair trial and cruel and unusual punishment).
Friend, who has since been suspended by the FBI, had refused to take part in the Jacksonville raid against a suspect who was only accused of a misdemeanor on moral and constitutional grounds.