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Two indicted in targeting of Florida crisis pregnancy centers

Nurse Cassie Owen demonstrates an ultrasound machine at the Portico Crisis Pregnancy Center Jan. 26, 2022, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. States that have passed ever-restrictive abortion laws also have been funneling millions of taxpayer dollars into privately operated clinics that steer women away from abortions but provide little if any health care services. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Mark Zaleski/AP

Two indicted in targeting of Florida crisis pregnancy centers

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A federal grand jury has indicted two Florida residents for allegedly threatening multiple crisis pregnancy centers in the Sunshine State.

Caleb Freestone, 27, and Amber Smith-Stewart, 23, were charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and engaging in a conspiracy to prevent employees at the crisis pregnancy centers from working.

The FACE Act makes it illegal to prevent someone from entering a reproductive health facility through force or threat of force.

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Freestone and Smith-Stewart allegedly spray painted messages including, “If abortions aren’t safe than [neither] are you”; “YOUR TIME IS UP!!”; “WE’RE COMING for U”; and “We are everywhere” on the facility in Winter Haven.

“The indictment also alleges that Freestone and Smith-Stewart violated the FACE Act by using threats of force to intimidate and interfere with the employees of a reproductive health services facility in Winter Haven because those employees were providing or seeking to provide reproductive health services,” the Justice Department said in a release.

The Justice Department said the maximum sentence for the charges is 12 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and multiple fines adding up to $350,000.

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The indictments come less than a week after the FBI announced it is offering rewards of up to $25,000 for information related to a series of attacks and threats targeting crisis pregnancy centers across the country. This all comes after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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