A prolific Catholic pro-life activist was subjected to a full-bore SWAT raid on Friday under the order of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice.
Mark Houck, the founder and president of The King’s Men – a Christian group that helps men overcome pornography addiction – was arrested at his Pennsylvania home for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act while offering counseling outside an abortion clinic in 2021.
Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie, told LifeSite News that 25-30 armored FBI agents accompanied by a dozen vehicles stormed their property early in the morning with rifles drawn as their seven children screamed in terror.
Ryan-Marie said Mark told the agents, “‘Please, I’m going to open the door, but, please, my children are in the home. I have seven babies in the house.’ But they just kept pounding and screaming.”
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When he opened the door, “they had big, huge rifles pointed at Mark and pointed at me and kind of pointed throughout the house,” Ryan-Marie described.
When they came in, they ordered the kids to stay upstairs. “Our staircase is open, so [the kids] were all at the top of the stairs which faces the front door, and I was on the stairs as well, coming down.”
“The kids were all just screaming. It was all just very scary and traumatic,” she explained.
After asking them why they were at the house, the agents said they were there to arrest Mark. When Ryan-Marie asked for their warrant, “they said that they were going to take him whether they had a warrant or not.”
When Ryan-Marie protested, saying that is kidnapping, “you can’t just come to a person’s house and kidnap them at gunpoint,” they agreed to get the warrant for her from one of their vehicles.