White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre denied a claim made by former President Donald Trump that pro-life activists are being “locked up” by the Biden administration.
Trump said at a campaign rally in Iowa Thursday that the administration and “radical Democrats” are “locking up pro-life activists” and “persecuting” their political opponents. The press secretary denied this claim when asked to respond at Monday’s briefing.
“Clearly that’s not true,” she said. “I’m not going to say more than that. It’s just not true, it’s false, it’s a lie, it’s not true. So I’m going to move on.”
“It’s such though that pro-life activists were being persecuted and in the meantime, pro-life pregnancy centers were being attacked,” the reporter pushed back. (RELATED: ‘The Left Is Out For Blood’: Biden’s DOJ ‘Weaponizing’ Law To Arrest ‘Political Enemies,’ Former Official Says)
“It is just, that is just not something that I’m going to comment from here on what the former president said,” the press secretary replied. “It is just, just not going to get any further. Again, I’m just not going to get any further.”
Pro-life activists and organizations have been subject to recurring attacks since the leak of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade. Pro-abortion activists facilitated approximately 150 attacks on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and churches across the U.S., which were vandalized and even firebombed.
Armed FBI agents arrested pro-life activist Paul Vaughn at his home in early October. He is one of eleven defendants facing charges for allegedly blocking the entrance of an abortion clinic in March 2021. The father of 11 could face up to 11 years in prison and $350,000 in fines. The FBI also arrested and charged pro-life activist Mark Houck for allegedly shoving a Planned Parenthood clinic escort.
Meanwhile, the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) has made minimal effort to crack down on pro-abortion activists who attacked the crisis pregnancy centers. It is currently unclear whether the agency has made a single arrest in connection to the attacks.