Anti-abortion activist speaks out after being charged by Justice Department over nonviolent protest
President Joe Biden’s Justice Department has charged another anti-abortion activist for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic, according to a DOJ press release.
Herb Geraghty, 25, was on Friday charged with Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and conspiracy against rights offenses stemming from his “blockade” in October 2020 of Surgi-Clinic, which is based in Washington, D.C. Nine others were also indicted in March for blocking access to the clinic.
Geraghty and others intended to “prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services,” the DOJ said. If convicted, Geraghty faces up to 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $260,000, said the DOJ.
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“The superseding indictment further alleges that Handy, Smith, Harlow, Marshall, Hinshaw, Idoni, Goodman, Bell and Geraghty forcefully entered the clinic and set about blockading two clinic doors using their bodies, furniture, chains and ropes,” the DOJ said in its press release. “Once the blockade was established, Darnel live-streamed footage of his co-defendants’ activities.
“The indictment also alleges that all 10 defendants violated the FACE Act by using a physical obstruction to injure, intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient, because they were providing or obtaining reproductive health services,” the department said.
Geraghty told the Washington Examiner that “everyone” should be concerned by how the Biden administration is treating “nonviolent pro-life activists.”
This past weekend I learned I was indicted on charges related to nonviolent pro-life advocacy.
Thanks to everyone who reached out.
I am doing alright.
— Herb (@HerbGeraghty) October 18, 2022
“I embrace a consistent life ethic, which means I oppose aggressive violence against human beings at all stages of life and in all circumstances,” Geraghty said. “This includes of course the violence of abortion but also the death penalty, police brutality, imperialist war making, and all forms of violent discrimination and abuse. I believe that all human beings deserve the right to life.”
The activist, who tweeted Tuesday that it “is obviously terrifying” to face the prospect of 11 years in prison, also told the Washington Examiner that there has not yet been an arrest.
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“I’m still trying to figure out if they will let me self surrender,” Geraghty said. “To my knowledge, there is not yet an arrest warrant.”
The DOJ did not respond to a request for comment.
It comes after a Catholic anti-abortion activist was arrested during a raid of his house by a SWAT team with rifles drawn in full view of his family, including his children, his wife said.