Matt C. Abbott
Five pro-life activists were convicted Aug. 29 in a Washington, D.C., federal court for participating in a non-violent rescue in October 2020.
Lauren Handy and co-defendants Will Goodman, John Hinshaw, Heather Idoni and Herb Geraghty were charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act as well as an additional federal charge of conspiracy to interfere with civil rights. They face a possible 11-year prison sentence and a six-figure fine. They were taken into custody pending their sentencing. (Pro-life activists Joan Andrews Bell, Jonathan Darnell, Paulette Harlow and Jean Marshall will be tried on the same charges early next month.)
An interesting aspect of this case: In a recent article published on the website of Crisis Magazine, longtime pro-life activist and Catholic author Monica Miller revealed that co-defendant Geraghty “is a woman who has transitioned to a male identity—and moreover is an atheist.”
Miller pointed out:
Contrast Geraghty with Caroline Davis, an erstwhile Christian pro-life activist who did cut a deal with the DOJ and testified against her fellow activists—her testimony “meant to be used to convict the pro-lifers on the more serious conspiracy charge that carries the ten-year sentence,” according to Miller.
And it worked.
Was/Is Davis truly pro-life, or was she a plant, as some commenters have suggested?
It appears she simply caved to the DOJ. Miller noted that Davis was “once full of zeal to end abortion, even participating in rescues, including a Red Rose Rescue with [Miller]” and “was arrested in two other rescues and charged with FACE, and she was present at the rescue at [abortionist Cesare] Santangelo’s abortion center.”
Also, Miller wrote:
I can understand Davis’ fear of the DOJ. I also think a cogent argument can be made that blockade rescues are imprudent, albeit non-violent. Still, it’s very disappointing to see that she decided to throw her fellow pro-lifers under the bus. I can’t see it as anything other than a betrayal.
Of course, Davis doesn’t see it that way.
“The FBI report states that: ‘Davis doesn’t see this as stabbing [the pro-lifers] in the back because they are stabbing themselves in the front,’” according to Miller.
That’s a clever rationalization, I must say.
Well, at the end of the day, Davis did receive a get-out-of-jail-free card for her testimony.
As for reaction to the verdict…
Martin Cannon, senior counsel at Thomas More Society and Handy’s lead attorney, said the following:
Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of TMS, said in an email:© Matt C. Abbott
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