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Two left-wing activists charged with attacks on Pro-Life pregnancy centers

Two left-wing activists have been charged with allegedly spray-painting threats at pregnancy resource centers in Florida, according to the Justice Department.

This is the first known indictment since a spate of pro-abortion attacks began in May 2022.

Caleb Freestone, 27, and Amber Smith-Stewart, 23, allegedly used threats of force to intimidate and interfere with reproductive health facility employees in violation of federal law and colluded to prevent these employees from providing services. to indictment.

A spate of attacks on pro-life organizations, pregnancy resource centers and churches, including numerous arsons, began in May after Supreme Court decision The Roe v. Wade case has been leaked to the press, but the FBI and the Justice Department have not confirmed any arrests or charges in these incidents until this week.

“If abortion is unsafe, then neither [sic] you”, “YOUR TIME IS OUT!!” “We’re coming for you” and “We’re everywhere,” are the spray-painted threats, according to the Justice Department.

The group targeted properties in Winter Haven, Hollywood and Hialeah.

Freestone and Smith-Stewart also allegedly damaged and destroyed the institution’s property in an attempt to prevent the organization from providing reproductive services; this and threats of force are considered potential violations of the FACE Act, the same federal law that has been used to prosecute anti-life protesters accused of obstructing access to abortion clinics.

Should these suspects receive the maximum penalty if proven guilty?

Freestone has previously been charged with disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest without using violence in connection with a heated debate erupting at the Miami-Dade County School Board meeting on sex education in July 2022, and is associated with left-wing climate activist groups Extinction Rebellion and Whatever it takes, according to WLRN-FM in Miami.

Smith-Stewart Facebook page contains numerous advertisements for events and photographs of far-left and police protests.

Each of the defendants faces up to 12 years in prison, three years of parole and a fine of up to $350,000.

The Justice Department did not respond to a Daily Caller News Foundation request for comment.

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