WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta delivered remarks recently that conservatives are taking as an admission that the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) has been intentionally targeting pro-lifers instead of impartially upholding the law with respect for all Americans’ constitutional rights.
Speaking in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Gupta listed among new and “insidious” challenges to “civil and constitutional rights” the U.S. Supreme Court’s June overturn of Roe v. Wade which restored the elected branches of government’s ability to decide abortion laws.
“Earlier this year, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court dealt a devastating blow to women throughout the country, taking away the constitutional right to abortion and increasing the urgency of our work, including enforcement of the [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] Act, to ensure continued lawful access to reproductive services,” she said.
“DOJ Official Admits Targeting Pro-Lifers Is Response to Overturn of Roe,” summarized Mary Margaret Olohan for The Daily Signal, which reached out to but did not receive replies from Gupta or DOJ.
In June, Gupta announced a DOJ “reproductive rights task force” specifically dedicated to monitoring states’ abortion restrictions to prevent “overreach” and considering legal challenges against them, ostensibly in the name of “protecting access to reproductive services.”
The FACE Act also protects access to churches and crisis pregnancy centers, yet in October the Biden administration would not confirm whether it has made arrests in any of the more-than 150 attacks on both by pro-abortion activists since Dobbs. The administration claimed to be taking such attacks seriously, but victims say the FBI has not reached out to them according to Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance.
By contrast, the FBI and DOJ have taken a much more visible and aggressive posture in discussing, investigating, and prosecuting both real and alleged violence associated with pro-lifers and other conservative views, such as the case of pro-life activist Mark Houck, whom in September the federal government arrested in a home raid over a year-old altercation with an unruly pro-abortion activist that had long since been adjudicated by local authorities.
The use of federal law enforcement to retaliate against political opponents has been one of the most alarming facets of President Joe Biden’s tenure.
Since January 2021, the administration has aggressively pursued individuals alleged to have participated in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol protesting the certification of Biden’s electoral victory over predecessor Donald Trump. In September, an FBI whistleblower, Special Agent Steve Friend, was suspended for protesting the excessive treatment of January 6 suspects accused only of nonviolent misdemeanors, as well as the bureau’s alleged manipulation of information to give the public an inflated perception of the “threat.”
Last year, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ alleged a spike in threats to educators driven by opposition to the use of controversial instructional materials based on the far-left “critical race theory” doctrine, which was used to stigmatize parents protesting objectionable materials more generally as potential terrorists.
“The left is out for blood, and Biden’s base is demanding prosecutions and the DOJ is providing them” with “law enforcement run amok,” Roger Severino, the former director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Trump, commented earlier this year. “The FACE Act had always been enforced very rarely, because the pro-life movement is a movement of peace. All of a sudden, they are inventing cases and doing sham prosecutions in an election year for purely political purposes to go after their political enemies.”