Support Grows for Pro-Life Catholic Father of 7 whose Home was Raided by FBI as Over $200K is Raised
FBI Raids Home of Pro-Life Activist
On Oct. 13, 2021, Mark Houck, a Catholic author, lecturer, radio host, and co-founder of a male group, The King's Men was arrested by 25 FBI agents after raiding his home. At 7:00am on a Friday agents with drawn guns broke into the family home and handcuffed Houck in front of his wife and seven screaming children. He is now being threatened with 11 years in prison and fines of up to $350,000 for pushing a man to the ground outside Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center in Philadelphia last year. Houck was on the sidewalk participating in a peaceful protest outside the client with his 12 year-old son when clinic volunteer Bruce Love fell into a heated argument with Houck. Love began harassing with disgusting comments aimed at both the father and son, including “you’re dad’s a fag” and entered the son’s personal space. When Houck pushed Love the 72-year fell down causing injuries allegedly needing medical attention. Due to lack of evidence Houck was not charged by the police. Nor was Love’s suing of Houck successful last summer. However, the President 's Department of Justice charged him with violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act which is defined by "force or threat of force or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services." U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero reasoned that, "Assault is always a serious offense, and under the FACE Act, if the victim is targeted because of their association with a reproductive healthcare clinic, it is a federal crime.”
The Biden administration is now being accused of using the FBI and Department of Justice as a weapon against pro-life conservatives. Houck was arrested after his case was dismissed by court, Love having sustained no injuries, and on charges that he had attacked a “patient escort'', a federal offense.
If convicted, Mark Houk could face charges of over $300,000 and 11 years in prison. His GiveSendGo Page has reached over $200,000 in donations.
Department of Justice Press Release on the Arrest: