• Amy Schlichter

Federal Charges Filed Against 11 Anti-Abortion Rescuers

In May of 1994 President Clinton signed into effect the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrance Act, or F.A.C.E. This law, also called The Access Act, was essentially put into place to immobilize the “Rescue Movement.”

Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s the Rescue Movement played a vital role in the United States abortion battle. While peaceful in their approach, the Rescuers sometimes came out by the thousands to express their regard for human life. By simply placing themselves between pregnant women and the abortion facility entrance, these Christian heroes blocked the doors of death and rescued baby boys and girls, even when the children’s own mothers wished them to be terminated.

After the FACE law came into effect, the penalty for blocking an entrance increased greatly. What used to be a common misdemeanor quickly escalated into a federal offence, consisting of a much higher price to pay. For a first time offender of FACE, the sentence can be up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. For a second violation, the defendant can be imprisoned for at most three years and fined up to $250,000. While these are the maximum sentences available, lesser penalties can be permitted at the Judge’s discretion.

Regardless it’s a high price to pay.

Last week, Eva Edl, a concentration camp survivor, traveled around with me promoting the abolition of abortion in Indiana and the work of Hoosiers for Life. Eva talked about her experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp and the death of her father and