Peaceful Pro-Lifers Receive Longer Sentence Than Violent Pro-Abortion Extremist

In an apparent display of radicalism in our Justice Department, a pro-abortion extremist recently received a lighter sentence than peaceful pro-life activists.

The radical abortion advocate, Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury, firebombed the pro-life Wisconsin Family Action offices in 2022. Despite this, he received just a little over seven years behind bars.

In January 2024, six pro-life activists were charged with violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act after having blocked the entrance to an abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, in 2021, according to the Federalist.

Former President Bill Clinton signed the FACE Act into law, which punishes “violent, threatening damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or interfere with the right to seek, obtain, or provide” abortions.

Although the six individuals were peaceful and did not resort to violence to express their beliefs, they were slapped with maximum sentences of more than 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release and $260,000 fines.

Roychowdhury — a pro-abortion extremist — firebombed the pro-life Wisconsin Family Action offices on Mother’s Day 2022. Despite this, he received fewer years in prison than the six peaceful pro-life activists.

U.S. District Court Judge William Conley, appointed by former President Barack Obama, set Roychowdhury’s sentence, disagreeing with federal prosecutors who accused the pro-abortion radical of engaging in acts of conspiracy and domestic terrorism.

“Roychowdhury’s arson was an act of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea for the Western District of Wisconsin said in a statement.

“The U.S. Department of Justice, and this U.S. Attorney’s Office, with our local and federal law enforcement partners will never flinch from holding domestic terrorists accountable,” O’Shea added.

The stark contrast in sentences resembles the Justice Department’s growing prosecution of pro-life activists accused of domestic terrorism while ignoring the extreme violence perpetrated by individuals favoring abortion.

In 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the home of a pro-life man, Mark Houck, who was later charged with violating the FACE Act. Houck was found not guilty by a jury in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later pointed out that about 25 FBI agents showed up at his family’s residence “and started pounding on our door.”