Left-wing abortion opponent says FBI visit to her parents’ home was an intimidation tactic – LifeSite

(LifeSiteNews) — An activist with the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) said she thinks the FBI intended to intimidate her and her team after two women who identified themselves as FBI agents unexpectedly came to her parents’ front door with questions.

PAAU is a self-identified secular left-wing organization that opposes abortion while supporting transgenderism and radical racial ideology. On its website, PAAU says it’s “committed to radical inclusivity while magnifying secular, leftist, and LGBTQIA+ identifying pro-life voices, especially those belonging to people of color.” 

Elise Ketch, 26, began working for PAAU in December. She told The Daily Signal that two women showed up at the front door of her childhood home in the afternoon of April 18, informing her mother Tracy that they were with the FBI and wanted to speak with her daughter. 

“She’s not in any trouble,” said Ashley Roberts, one of the FBI agents, in a Ring video doorbell recording shared with The Daily Signal. “We just have some information we need to ask her about.”

As recorded in the footage, Tracy Ketch informed Roberts and the other agent, Kathleen Brown, that her daughter no longer lived at that address. The agents then asked for the young woman’s phone number or address.

Tracy called her daughter, informing her that she had “two FBI agents at the front door.” Ketch urged her mom not to “tell them anything.”

It’s unclear what the agents were after, though they may have been seeking information related to one of Ketch’s colleagues.

As LifeSiteNews previously reported, PAAU made headlines last year after reportedly discovering the bodies of five late-term babies outside a Washington, D.C., abortion clinic. Police found the bodies of “The Five” at PAAU activist Lauren Handy’s apartment after the FBI raided her home and arrested her last year on Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act charges connected with a “traditional rescue” she conducted with eight other activists in October 2020.

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Handy was indicted last year and faces up to 11 years in prison for allegedly “creat[ing] a blockade at” the abortion facility “to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services.”

“My colleague at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, Lauren Handy, is indicted under the FACE Act and is being prosecuted by the federal government,” Ketch told The Daily Signal. She said “it’s plausible that these FBI agents aimed to collect information from me to help build their case against her.” She also suggested that the “true motive” behind the action was intimidation.

“While they reassured my mother that I was not in trouble, it’s also possible that they see me as a threat due to my pro-life activism and intended to investigate me,” she said. “Yet, to my knowledge, they never attempted to follow up with me or my attorney, so I believe the FBI’s true motive behind their visit to my parents’ home was to intimidate me and my team.”

The FBI didn’t respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment, according to the report.

The federal law enforcement agents’ visit to Ketch’s parents’ home comes amid an ongoing wave of troubling FBI activities targeting pro-life activists and Catholics that has generated outrage from conservatives and triggered congressional interest.

As extensively reported by LifeSiteNews, the FBI carried out guns-drawn raids on pro-life Catholic fathers Mark Houck and Paul Vaughn last year. Houck was fully acquitted of both FACE act charges in January. The Biden administration’s DOJ also indicted pro-life Catholic priest Fr. Fidelis Moscinski on federal charges and hit 11 pro-life activists, including an 87-year-old survivor of a communist concentration camp, with federal charges for a peaceful protest at a Nashville, Tennessee, abortion facility.

Moreover, a since-retracted internal document that was leaked from the Richmond, Virginia, FBI field office directed federal resources to surveil so-called “radical-traditionalist Catholics,” naming abortion as one of the public policy issues that the agency thought might connect such Catholics with certain violent extremist groups.

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The actions by federal law enforcement officials against Catholic and pro-lifers have not gone unnoticed by Republican lawmakers.

Earlier this year, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives created a “Weaponization of Government” Select Committee to investigate alleged instances of FBI and other federal intelligence agencies’ meddling in domestic politics. 

The committee’s priorities include investigation into the federal government’s use of the FACE Act to arrest pro-lifers. Lawmakers have argued that the Biden administration has selectively enforced the law to punish pro-lifers while failing to prosecute pro-abortion activists. 

During a House judiciary committee hearing Tuesday, pro-lifer Mark Houck testified that he believes the guns-drawn FBI raid he endured had been carried out with the intention “to humiliate me, to scare my children, and to instill fear in pro-life America.”

This week, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene introduced a resolution to introduce articles of impeachment against FBI Director Christopher Wray for overseeing the FBI’s “Soviet-style tactics… against normal Americans.”