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The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE)
August 25, 2010
FBI and the Department of Justice join pro abrtion groups for FACE act training.
Among the organisers and speakers:
National Center Women and Policing
Criminal Section Civil Rights Department of Justice
Civil Rights Unit FBI HQ
National Abortion Federation
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
The Act was claimed to be vital for the protection of the rights of abortion clinic operators and visitors.
Actually it is primarily used to stop peacefull demonstrations and to deny the first amendment rights of pro life groups.
The Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Passed by Congress and the Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in May of 1994.
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 248
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act
This statute prohibits (1) the use of force or threat of force or physical obstruction, to intentionally injure, intimidate or interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person or any class of persons from obtaining or providing reproductive health services; (2) the use of force or threat of force or physical obstruction to intentionally injure, intimidate, or interfere with or attempt to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person lawfully exercising or seeking to exercise the First Amendment right of religious freedom at a place of religious worship; or (3) intentionally damages or destroys the property of a facility, or attempts to do so, because such facility provides reproductive health services or intentionally damages or destroys the property of a place of religious worship. This statute does not apply to speech or expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment. Non obstructive demonstrations are legal.
Punishment varies from a fine or imprisonment for an offense involving exclusively a nonviolent physical obstruction, the fine shall be not more than $10,000 and the length of imprisonment shall be up to six months, or both, for the first offense: and the fine shall, notwithstanding section 3571, be up to $25,000 and the length of imprisonment shall be not more than 18 months, or both, for a subsequent offense; and if bodily injury results, the length of imprisonment shall be up to ten years, and if death results, it shall be for any term of years or for life.
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