Congressman Chip Roy leads effort to Defund FACE Act

WASHINGTON, DC — Last week, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) led eleven other Members of Congress in urging the House Appropriations Committee to prohibit taxpayer funding from being used to enforce the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act after repeated instances of its abuse against the American people.

The FACE Act was originally intended to ensure access to churches and abortion facilities; however, the law has since been weaponized by the Department of Justice to wrongly target pro-life individuals.

Rep. Roy writes: Last September, the American people watched in horror as dozens of heavily armed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and more than a dozen vehicles conducted an early-morning raid, with guns drawn, on the home of Mark Houck, his wife, and seven children.” 

This is far from the only example of the Biden DOJ abusing the FACE Act against American citizens,” Rep. Roy continues, “In 2022, the FACE Act was used more than two dozen times against pro-life activists including Mark Houck, Father Fidelis Moscinski, Lauren Handy, Herb Geraghty, and a Holocaust survivor. Prior to this year, the FACE Act had never been used to indict individuals related to an attack on a pro-life pregnancy center or house of worship.” 

The letter concludes: The Biden Administration has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted to faithfully implement and enforce the FACE Act, as written by Congress. Until such a time, Congress ought to withhold the use of funds for enforcing this law and seriously consider repealing the statute in its entirety.

Full text of the letter is available here.

Signers included: Rep. Chip Roy, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Daniel Webster, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Harriet Hageman, Rep. Eric Burlison, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Andrew Clyde, Rep. Eli Crane, Rep. James Moylan, Rep. Dan Bishop, and Rep. Debbie Lesko.

The letter was supported by: Catholic Vote, Students for Life Action, and Live Action.

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