Mark Houck, a pro-life advocate and father of seven, woke up Friday morning to a team of FBI agents raiding his home in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania. Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told Life Site News that 25-30 FBI agents entered their home around 7 a.m.
“The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” Ryan-Marie Houck told Life Site News about her husband’s arrest, which she and her children witnessed. She says her husband pleaded with the FBI agents to be calm, referencing the couple’s seven children.
“They had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie Houck told the pro-life news outlet.
Catholic News Agency reports that the FBI confirmed that Mark Houck was arrested outside his home “without incident” Friday morning.
According to federal court documents, Houck was arrested on the charge that he assaulted a 72-year-old volunteer, whose name is not provided, at the Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center abortion clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, twice on Oct. 13, 2021.
The District Court in Philadelphia investigated and dismissed the charge earlier this summer, Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told Life Site News. She said that her husband sometimes brought their eldest son with him. She added that on multiple occasions that a “pro-abortion protestor” would say “crude … inappropriate and disgusting things” to their 12-year-old son, such as “your dad’s a fag” and other vulgar slurs.
Her husband repeatedly told the man to stop verbally harassing his son, Ryan-Marie Houck explained. But the man didn’t stop. On one occasion, the man “kind of came into [the son’s] personal space,” Ryan-Marie Houck said. “Mark shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back… He didn’t have any injuries or anything, but he tried to sue Mark.”
State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who is the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, released a statement following Houck’s arrest. “The continued weaponization of the FBI and persecution by Joe Biden’s DOJ against ordinary Americans is an outrage,” Mastriano wrote, adding:
This morning, a heavily armed SWAT team of dozens of FBI agents raided the home of Mark Houck of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and terrified children inside over a case that was long thrown out by the District Court in Philadelphia. Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck’s seven children were traumatized and in tears as they witnessed their parents held at gunpoint and their father hauled away in handcuffs.
After his Friday arrest, Houck appeared before the U.S. Eastern District Court in Pennsylvania. He was indicted for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which “makes it a federal crime to use force with the intent to injure, intimidate, and interfere with anyone because that person is a provider of reproductive health care,” the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in a Friday press release.
Authorities released Houck later that day, but he now faces felony charges. If convicted, Houck could have up to an 11-year prison sentence, and fines of up to $350,000.
Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts tweeted Saturday: “As I’ve said, the Mar-a-Lago raid isn’t just about President Trump—it’s about all of us.” (The Daily Signal is the news outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)
“Saying that doesn’t make someone an insurrectionist—if anything, it’s the DOJ that’s ‘threatening democracy,’” he added.
A GiveSendGo campaign for the Houck family has raised over $127,000.
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Everyone in the DOJ and FBI that had ANYTHING to do with this arrest should be immediately fired then prosecuted for tyranny.
THE ONCE HONORABLE FBI IS NOW THE RUSSIAN KGB
The Justice dept is currently out of control……..feels and looks like the pictures I have observed of the gestopo……..taking us back to a very frightening time in history…….and no one in Washington raising their voice over all these goings-on…….WAKE UP AMERICA……
First off murdering babies is not reproductive health care so the federal law does not apply. Secondly if the district Court dismissed the charges than nothing happened and the FBI has no crime to investigate. This is just Marxist harassment by the Bidden administration, who are communists illegally in our Whitehouse, against the people of the United States of America! This illegal administration needs to be forcibly removed from office and the real winner of the 2020 election, our President, Donald Trump, need to to be sworn in to his proper position.
The DOJ’s command of the FBI shows: 1) How even Biden’s Sick Socialist leadership has utterly failed2) How weak the FBI is now … considering how many “men” were needed to terrorize children and arrest one man after charges against him were dropped 3 times.
David M nailed it in one short sentence! Rabid leftists can destroy property, even burn down a Police Station and get away with it, but try repelling a lefty that gets in your face and it’s a Federal case! Shameful beyond belief! Since Brandon doesn’t have half a brain to play with, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s Hitlary pulling his strings. She is no doubt evil and cruel enough to promote such actions!
This is not a democracy its a republic. How can you get your country back if you don’t know what you’re fighting for.
Another raid by the Shutzstaffel,SS,Jack booted thugs,National Police,a law “enforcement” agency out of control.
The STASI strikes again.
David,it’s the Shutzstaffel. Gestapo…
Oh my God people we need outrage we need up more they need to know that they can no longer get by with this
Wake up people thats how socialism works.
Beware the government big enough to give you all you need is also big enough to take everything you have
Really unfair that Mr. Houck was just trying to help one of his daughters, or perhaps a friend in need, get a legal abortion and now faces criminal charges.
Unless he was at the clinic for a different reason? It doesn’t say why he was there.
“Unless he was at the clinic for a different reason? It doesn’t say why he was there.”
Yeah, a different reason, reasons you are not able to comprehend. There to exercise his First Amendment rights, you know, the Constitution you hate, trying to stop barbarians like you from murdering their own children. But you are a barbarian so you wouldn’t understand any of that.
I understand that if someone I loved and cared about was trying to get a safe and legal abortion and some angry guy was there trying to shame them for it, I would happily catch a charge to knock his teeth out.
You must be as stupid as the FBI, thinking sons and 72 year old men get abortions.
If Biden can raid a former president, no one is exempt or protected. These brown shirt tactics are right out Hitler’s playbook.