Published November 9, 2023Houck family claims stress from arrest has led to miscarriages, infertility
Pro-life activist Mark Houck and his wife filed lawsuits earlier this week against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in response to his highly publicized arrest last fall.
Houck and his wife, Ryan-Marie, are seeking $4.35 million in damages and alleging malicious and retaliatory prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest and assault by the DOJ, as reported by Catholic News Agency.
Houck, a Roman Catholic father of seven who lives in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was the center of national headlines when FBI agents and approximately 15 state troopers descended on his home to arrest him in front of his family during the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2022.
"These government agents intentionally sought to assault Mr. Houck and deprive him of his Fourth Amendment rights by using excessive force to arrest him on non-violent charges when he had not threatened law enforcement, did not own a gun, and had offered to turn himself into authorities if indicted," reads the lawsuit notice filed last Monday by the Kansas City-based law firm Graves Garrett LLC.
Houck's arrest came in response to alleged violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act stemming from two incidents that took place outside a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2021.