'This conviction is blatant abuse of political power,' Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance said of the conviction of five pro-life activists who blocked access to a late-term abortion center in Washington, D.C.
Thomas More Society senior counsel Steve Crampton said the jury was forced to make its decision based on an evidentiary record that was 'very narrow and constrained' and said his firm plans 'to vigorously prosecute an appeal on numerous issues.'
In a statement to LifeSiteNews at the courthouse on Tuesday, defendant William Goodman urged his supporters 'to forgive the jury, the judge, and all those who witnessed against us, and to pray that they would see how God loves the gift of every human life.'
Pro-lifers rallied outside the district courthouse in Washington, D.C. on Thursday to pray for the five pro-life activists currently standing trial on federal charges for blocking access to a late-term abortion clinic.
Prosecutor Sanjay Patel’s continued use of the phrase prompted pro-life defendant Geraghty to rebuke the attorney loudly, saying: 'I object to your characterization that a human being is a would-be child. That’s another human being!'
The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. on Tuesday sided with pro-lifers against the same district court in which the 10 advocates for the unborn are being prosecuted for FACE Act violations. The ruling could be good news for the anti-abortion activists, who face up to 11 years behind bars if convicted.
Five of the original nine defendants are currently on trial, with each facing up to 11 years in prison if convicted on federal charges for an October 2020 rescue effort to save unborn babies in a downtown Washington, D.C., facility run by notorious late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo.