Peaceful ‘rescuers’ seeking to stop abortions face federal prosecution, may receive up to 11 years in prison

Jury selection is set to commence this week in Nashville, Tennessee for six individuals in connection with a “rescue” they took part in inside a Tennessee abortion facility as they sought to save babies from murder at the hands of abortionists. Some of the individuals charged in the federal case are facing up to 11 years in federal prison.

On March 5, 2021, a number of Christians gathered in Tennessee to block the doors of careaferm, a surgical abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, as they sang hymns in order to “rescue” children from death—an effort that was met by police with road closures, a shelter-in-place order, as well as arrests.

The federal inditement against the rescuers was unsealed on October 5, 2022 with the jury selection beginning this week in the case against the rescuers that the government has been preparing.

According to a press release by President Biden’s Department of Justice, “Chester Gallagher, Heather Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Coleman Boyd, Caroline Davis, Paul Vaughn, Dennis Green, Eva Edl, Eva Zastrow, James Zastrow and Paul Place were indicted for federal offenses in connection with an alleged reproductive health care clinic blockade in Mount Juliet, Tennessee []. Gallagher, Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Boyd, Davis, Vaughn and Dennis Green were charged with a civil rights conspiracy. All 11 defendants were charged with a Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) offense.”

“The indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges that Gallagher, Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Boyd, Davis, Vaughn and Green engaged in a conspiracy to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services. According to the indictment, as part of the conspiracy, Idoni, Calvin Zastrow, Boyd, Davis and Green traveled to Tennessee from other states to participate in a clinic blockade that was organized by Gallagher, Idoni and others,” the release added.

Though a total of 11 people were initially indicted, Caroline Davis had her charges dropped and is expected to provide testimony against the remaining individuals. Out of the six facing trial, the possibility of them being sentenced to up to 11 years in prison looms, while the remaining four may be facing a maximum of one year behind bars.

The effort was organized in part by Chet Gallagher, who, at the time, reported on his Facebook page that “[m]ultiple women have turned away. Counselors spread out ready to love on and help them.”

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“Another mom decided she didn’t want go through with killing her child…,” he also posted.

Gallagher, who is a former Las Vegas police officer that was arrested in the 80’s for joining those rescuing outside an abortion facility in the city at the time, has been active in opposing the abortion holocaust since.

In May of 2020, a federal judge ruled that Mt. Juliet’s zoning ordinances, which prohibited surgical abortions at its facility, placed an “undue burden” and “substantial obstacle” on women wanting to end the lives of their babies after careafem sued with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Tennessee and a law firm on behalf of the entity against the city.

Mt. Juliet’s city commission later revoked the legislation that placed limits on surgical abortions in industrial zones.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department posted what they called a “severe alert” on their Twitter page: “Multiple people have unlawfully trespassed and are refusing to leave the Providence Medical Pavilion building. Those in the building, who are not unlawfully trespassing, have been asked to shelter-in-place. Roadways are closed near the building.

Police arrested a number of those blocking the doors for refusing to leave, including Eva Edl, a Nazi concentration camp survivor, who was in a wheelchair and there to save children from the modern-day holocaust.

In a 2018 video by Love Life, Edl stated that during World War II at 9 years old she was “shipped in a cattle car to a death camp to be exterminated.”

“I wish that good people would have placed their bodies across those train train tracks and pleaded for our lives. Yes, church bells were ringing in nearby towns, but Christians were too afraid to take action,” Edl stated in the video. “I know, if only few had done so, they would have been crushed and demonized. But, if thousands had run to the scene, they could have shifted the culture,” she continued.

“Abortion clinics are America’s death camps. Please go there to pray, to plead for the lives of unborn babies and to give help to women in need,” Edl exhorted.

According to a press briefing by police, eight adults were arrested and charged with “trespassing” with four of the adults also being charged with “contributing to a delinquency of a minor.” Four minors involved were issued juvenile citations. The adults were taken to the Wilson County jail for processing.

“They were peaceful and cooperative inside,” Captain Tyler Chandler stated during the press conference. “All peaceful during those moments of arrest,” he added.

The term “rescue” is derived from the Bible’s teaching in Proverbs 24:11-12, “If thou forbear to deliver [rescue] them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

A second video of the rescue and arrests can be viewed here:

A police briefing on the arrests can be viewed here:

The Mt. Juliet Police Department did not address the violence against children in the womb and murders that have been taking place at the facility during the press conference, but rather focused on why they decided to charge those peacefully gathered with “unlawful trespassing” as they interposed on behalf of the unborn to protect them from harm.

See previous coverage: Live Feed: Christians Wait To Be Arrested While Singing Hymns and ‘Rescuing’ in Front of Abortion Facility Doors

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