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Firebomber Gets Lighter Sentence than Peaceful Pro-Life Protestors

As America continues to struggle with its morality, the stark difference in how our justice system treats acts of extremism based on ideology becomes increasingly apparent. Late January saw the conviction of six pro-life activists in Tennessee, merely for standing up—peacefully, mind you—for the sanctity of unborn life. Their hymns and prayers outside an abortion facility now potentially cost them over a decade behind bars each, under the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

Contrast this with the leniency shown towards Hridindu Sankar Roychowdhury, a self-proclaimed warrior for abortion who took violence to new lows by firebombing the pro-life Wisconsin Family Action offices. For an act of terrorism that struck at the heart of free speech and religious liberty, he received only 7.5 years in prison, much lighter than the decade sentence and $260,000 in fines facing our pro-life demonstrators.

The message is clear: in today’s America, under a government claiming to uphold the law, violence in support of abortion is more palatable than peaceful demonstration in favor of life. The targeting of pro-life advocates doesn’t stop with disproportionate legal battles. From FBI raids on homes to threats of assassination against Supreme Court justices who dare to challenge Roe v. Wade, there is a message of intimidation and fear.

As pro-life centers and advocates face a rising tide of violence, including arson and threats of further attacks, one thing becomes painfully clear: we are witnessing not just a legal battle but a moral one. The sanctity of life, the freedom of speech, and the right to religious expression are under assault by an ideology that champions death over life and coercion over dialogue.

In this dark hour, the courage of those standing for life shines all the brighter. As we navigate these troubled waters, let us rally behind those who fight for life, recognizing that their battle is not just their own but America’s. In standing for life, they stand for the very soul of our nation, challenging us to live up to our founding ideals of liberty, justice, and the inherent dignity of every human being.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012 and 2016. He currently serves as RNC Vice Chair serving on the Executive Committee as well as the Rules Committee. Jay and his wife are owners of Junction Consulting LLC; a marketing and advertising firm specializing in creating, producing and delivering corporate and political media and messaging. He is also a partner in a Behavioral Science Research Firm.