Ryan-Marie Houck — wife of Mark Houck, the pro-life activist who was arrested by 25 FBI agents with guns drawn last week — told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night that her seven children have been “scared” and “crying” since their father was taken from them.
“My entire front yard, you could barely see it,” she explained. “It was covered with at least 15 big trucks and cars, and there were … 20, 25, 30, men, women … in jackets with shields and helmets and guns … they were behind cars. It was something I would never expect to see on my front lawn. It was crazy.”
She added that the experience was “devastating” and that “it’s hard to even express the victimization and how traumatized we all are due to this unnecessary thing that happened to us.”
As for her children, she said “the older ones, we can talk, we can cry. We’ve had some counseling, we have more counseling to do. And the little ones, they’re scared. … There’s a lot of crying and a lot of unrestful sleep. A lot of kids in our bed at night and in the morning.”
What’s the background?
Mark Houck faces up to 11 years in federal prison after he allegedly pushed Bruce Love to the ground outside a Philadelphia abortion clinic about a year ago; Love — a 72-year-old clinic volunteer — allegedly harassed Houck’s young son.
Ryan-Marie Houck previously told LifeSiteNews that a “pro-abortion protester” would say awful things to her son — who was 12 at the time — such as “you’re dad’s a fag.”
Houck’s wife claimed Love got into “the son’s personal space” and refused to stop saying “crude … inappropriate and disgusting” things to the father and son.
Mark Houck “shoved him away from his child, and the guy fell back” and hit the ground. Love reportedly suffered injuries that required medical attention. But the incident went nowhere until President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice charged Houck with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
The FACE Act condemns anyone who uses “force or threat of force or by physical obstruction, intentionally injures, intimidates or interferes with or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because that person is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from, obtaining or providing reproductive health services.”
Now Houck, 48, faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and fines of up to $350,000.
‘This was reckless and outrageous’
Peter Breen — Mark Houck’s attorney and senior counsel at the Thomas More Society — told Carlson the federal government is using its power to intimidate pro-life Americans and people of faith.
“This was not a federal crime,” Breen declared to Carlson. “We have controlling case law on that, strong defenses, but instead they’ve taken an innocent man and made an example out of him, presumably to send a message to pro-life people and people of faith across this country.”
Breen added, in reference to Houck’s arrest: “This was reckless and outrageous. It put the Houck family in unnecessary danger … We’ve offered to bring him in. Didn’t get a response. … Even if you’re going to arrest a regular person, you just send a couple of agents, they knock on the door, not dragging the head of the family out, violating the sanctity of the home, pointing guns at them.”
Breen also told Carlson that the Thomas More Society has retained “one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Philadelphia” to help — and that those who want to help the Houcks can check out Defend Life Today.
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