Overzealous to the point where a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to pay $120K to one of its targets.
Via Washington Examnier:
Justly regarded as the most aggressive abortion defender to ever occupy the White House, President Obama has spent two years prosecuting pro-life advocates, using the Department of Justice as his weapon.
This campaign is so legally groundless that a federal judge recently ordered the DOJ to pay $120,000 to one of its targets, a pro-lifer caught peaceably distributing anti-abortion literature outside a Florida abortion facility.
When Mary Susan Pine was young, she had an abortion. The trauma and regret led her to become a pro-life activist, forming a nonprofit that tries to dissuade mothers from aborting their unborn children and provides women with pregnancy testing, sonograms, and post-pregnancy help.
This is legal. So why did Eric Holder and the DOJ go after Pine? The court lays out the facts citing the testimony of the police officer present:
“A green sedan began to enter the PWC premises through the exit driveway. As soon as Ms. Pine noticed the sedan, she ‘quickly started to walk faster towards the car’ and stopped at the front side, causing the vehicle to stop. Immediately after the vehicle came to a stop, Ms. Pine approached the driver’s window. The driver rolled the window down, and Ms. Pine proceeded to solicit the male driver and the female passenger. At some point during the conversation, Ms. Pine handed the passengers a pamphlet through the open driver’s side window.”
Obama’s DOJ charged that this violated a 1994 law called the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances. The FACE Act places federal civil penalties on obstructing access to abortion clinics — penalties that don’t apply outside, say, a plastic surgeon’s office, a gun dealer, or any other institution.