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Three pro-life activists face up to 11 years for praying in front of an abortion clinic

The verdict considers it proven that the three convicts, two of them over 70 years old, used violence to prevent women from accessing the center, something that they deny.

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The Department of Justice reported that three pro-life activists were found guilty of "federal civil rights and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) conspiracy crimes for obstructing access to a reproductive health services center." According to pro-life activists, praying in front of an abortion clinic is the crime for which Jonathan Darnel, Jean Marshall and Joan Bell face possible sentences of up to 11 years in prison, three years of probation and a fine that could amount to $350,000 each.

"Conspiracy to create a blockade"

In the brief, the DOJ notes that "the defendants participated in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health clinic in order to prevent the clinic from providing reproductive health services and that the patients received them." To justify the charge of conspiracy, the charges indicate that "Marshall and Bell traveled to the Washington DC area to meet with Darnel and participate in the blockade of the clinic, having been led by another conspirator and the details spread on Facebook."

According to the evidence presented by the prosecution, "Marshall and Bell were part of a group that forced their way into the clinic and prepared to block two doors of the clinic using their bodies, furniture, chains and ropes. Once the blockade was established, Darnel - who remained outside the clinic - broadcast his activities live on social networks. "The evidence also demonstrated that the defendants violated the FACE Act by using physical obstruction to injure, intimidate, and interfere with clinic employees and a patient because they were providing or obtaining reproductive health services."

Pro-lifers assure that "in no case was violence used"

Pro-life organizations regretted the verdict, highlighting that "in no case was violence used." The two convicted women, Joan and Jean, are over 70 years old. Bell even relies on a wheelchair to get around due to his age . The sentence of more than a decade is equivalent to a life sentence.

The harshness of the sentence contrasts with the penalties imposed on those who participated in the violent BLM riots , many of whose cases have been filed without receiving any punishment.

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