Mark Houck, a devout Catholic, husband, and father of seven, has filed two lawsuits against Joe Biden’s Department of Justice and FBI.
The suits are seeking millions in damages stemming from an incident a year prior when armed federal agents raided his home in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania in connection with his pro-life work.
On the morning of September 23rd 2022, approximately 20 FBI agents arrived at the Houck residence with battering rams, ballistic shields, armor, and long rifles to arrest Mark. His wife Ryan-Marie and their children witnessed the scene in horror as Mark walked outside with his hands up.
Their eldest son attempted to shield his siblings from the sight while one of the younger boys cried out that Mark was his best friend.
In addition to emotional distress caused by seeing their father taken away under such circumstances, Ryan-Marie and her children were also placed in physical danger by appearing in the doorway while agents had weapons drawn.
The raid was due to an altercation between Mark and abortion escort Bruce Love that had occurred outside a Philadelphia abortion facility the previous year.
According to Life News, Love became aggressive with members of the pro-life group which included Mark’s 12 year old son before attempting to get into his face; prompting Mark to shove him away resulting in Love falling onto the ground and injuring his elbow.
Subsequent court proceedings dismissed any charges relating to this incident yet prompted The Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue Houck on charges for violation of Freedom of Access Clinic Entrances Act; facing up to 11 years imprisonment if convicted.
However he was found not guilty on all charges just earlier this year in January 2021 as he claimed it was done solely out of protection for his son.
The notices for each lawsuit claim that DOJ leadership referred pro-life services as ‘fake’ or ‘predatory’ upon abortion rights leading them towards filing these complaints citing “malicious” and “retaliatory” prosecution against Mr Houck because of beliefs they deemed unpopular or dissident; further requesting compensation totaling over $4 million dollars for what Peter Breen – attorney representing Mr Houck – described as an obscene show of force against a peaceful man & family leaving lasting trauma through recurring nightmares & infertility issues experienced by Mrs Houck since then .
Shawn Carney – president 40 Days For Life – supported this move affirming it is more than just legal action but rather reflects resistance towards targeting people based on their pro-life stance moving forward