It would seem to me that when Attorney General Eric Holder gets involved – the case must be huge ! After all with millions of illegal aliens tresspassing on American Soil and committing violent crimes, one would think that prosecutions to uphold the law would be pouring out of the AG’s office, right? WRONG !
Is the Obama administration doing Pro-Life Profiling ?
But where is the AG focusing his legal strong arm? To help protect Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics: Read Article
Feds sue abortion opponent from S.A.
By Guillermo Contreras – Express-News
Web Posted: 06/18/2010 12:00 CDT
Juan Antonio Gaona regularly protests outside clinics in San Antonio that offer abortion services, including the Planned Parenthood on Babcock Road.
But when he stepped inside the clinic and interfered with operations in April 2009, he crossed the line, the Justice Department says.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday sued Gaona in San Antonio under a little-used federal law, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and seeks a restraining order against Gaona and a $10,000 civil penalty.
The FACE Act, signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, makes it unlawful for a person to use force, threat of force or physical obstruction to intentionally injure or intimidate a person who seeks reproductive health services.
It was the first time the FACE Act, which allows authorities to pursue criminal charges or a lawsuit, has been used in South Texas, according to Justice Department records. Four people have been criminally prosecuted in Texas under the law, records show.
The suit against Gaona, 56, is the fifth filed nationwide since President Barack Obama took office, and the third in Texas, records show.
In all, the law has resulted in 58 indictments and 20 lawsuits, including the one against Gaona.
The suit “shows us how pro-abortion this administration is,” said Gaona, who’s retired from the Army and a veteran of the Vietnam War. “I’m a pro-life Catholic. We believe life begins at conception and ends at natural death.”
The Planned Parenthood Trust of San Antonio and South-Central Texas declined comment on the case because it’s in litigation, but said the FACE Act is necessary. A spokeswoman also said the clinic has been cooperating with the FBI for a year.
“I think the protection and safety of our patients is of utmost importance,” said Yvonne Gutierrez, the organization’s vice president for public affairs. “While the FACE Act is not used often, it was enacted for a reason, and that’s to keep the men and women who enter our clinic safe and, really, free from harassment.”
The lawsuit said Gaona for several years has been a vocal protester on the sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood clinic, at times using profane language and direct personal criticisms at clinic employees.
On April 17, 2009, the suit said, Gaona entered the clinic and used his body to block the entrance to the patient waiting room. He also yelled at the clinic’s receptionist to “repent” and referred to the clinic’s staff as “baby killers,” the suit said.
While he blocked the door, the suit said, a patient was escorted by clinic volunteers from the parking lot into a vestibule area, and Gaona yelled, “You can’t do this!” and, “You can’t go in there!” The staff then escorted the patient through an administrative door, and Gaona had to be physically removed by two clinic staff members because he refused to leave when instructed, the suit said.
Gaona hadn’t seen the lawsuit Thursday, which asks a judge to order him to stay 25 feet away from the clinic and to not violate the FACE Act.
He disputes the version of events, but admits he has entered the clinic and two others during his protests.
He said he went into the Planned Parenthood because he was trying to counsel a young man he had encountered in the parking lot earlier that week.
The young man, Gaona said, had told him that he and his partner, who already had children, couldn’t afford to have another.
“I went into that clinic because I felt God was telling me to do it,” Gaona said. “I went there to reach that boy and tell him there were other alternatives.”
But Gaona said he doesn’t cuss, and did not block any entrance: “That’s a lie of the devil. I’m a Christian and I don’t use profanities.”
Gaona has 21 days to respond to the suit.
“I’m going to try and get a lawyer, if I can’t I guess I’ll roll with the punches,” he said.
In a telephone interview with LifeSiteNews.com Friday, Gaona said that the claims of the lawsuit were false, and that he did not block the doorway as he stood in the abortion centre. Gaona, who has witnessed outside the facility on Babcock Road 2-3 times a week for 7 years, said he felt compelled to enter the building after conversing with a young man whose partner was entering the clinic for an abortion.
“I had been out there praying and it broke my heart what he told me – I was trying to convince him to give up the baby for adoption, he said, ‘I would rather kill the baby than give him up for adoption,'” Gaona told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN). “And I couldn’t convince him otherwise. And it seemed like the more I prayed, the more I felt compelled to try to go in and reach him.”
After returning on the date the man’s partner was scheduled to have the abortion, Gaona said he entered the facility in one last attempt to persuade him. “They wanted me to leave, but I had to make a point before I left. I tried calling them to repentance and telling them they’re babies they’re killing,” he said.
Gaona claims he remained for “two or three minutes” in the doorway before walking out “of my own accord,” at which point he says an angry clinic worker “assaulted” him, knocking him to the ground and choking him. He says the assault, as well as the “slander” claiming that he used profanity, could be the subject of a possible counter-suit. “I don’t use profanity, I’m a strict Catholic,” said Gaona.
The Texas pro-lifer said he has entered abortion facilities before, prior to the passage of the FACE Act; one such instance elicited a civil lawsuit which was dismissed. He maintains that his witness outside clinics is “very peaceful.”
Just recently a pastor was arrested for praying on what used to be called: PUBLIC PROPERTY, until Planned Parenthood the nation’s largest abortion clinic , built a fence on the public way . What did the DC Cops do? After 10 years of pro-lifers praying on that very spot with no threst of arrest- the DC Cops had the pastor arrested for praying.