Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising member Elise Ketch called out the “coordinated onslaught” of the FBI against the pro-life movement after two agents visited her mother’s house in April.
On Wednesday, the Daily Signal released Ring doorbell footage of two FBI agents arriving at Ketch’s childhood home in Virginia requesting to speak with her. When Ketch’s mother asked for the reason behind the visit, they only stated that it involved “information” sent to them, but that Ketch was “not in any trouble.”
Describing the situation to Fox News Digital, Ketch said there was “a little bit of panic, but it wasn’t surprising.”
She added, “I think altogether there’s like a coordinated onslaught on them because they are so effective in preventing abortions.”
Ketch remarked that her mother’s house was likely targeted as a way to intimidate her and her organization rather than an earnest attempt to reach out to her.
“I think my mom’s house was specifically targeted because I feel like they should…if they’re really an intelligence agency, they should have known by now that I moved and that I’m living here in Washington, D.C. That’s not a secret. So it only makes sense to me that they went to my mom’s house just to intimidate me family and to intimidate me. It really does. At the end of the day, it feels like a threat, but at the same time, like an empty one,” Ketch said.
The FBI’s visit followed the controversial arrest of pro-life activist Mark Houck outside his Pennsylvania home in September. Approximately 25 armed officers pounded on his front door and, according to Houck’s wife, “raided” their home and brought Houck out in “shackles” in front of their seven children.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also detailed reports from FBI whistleblowers on Thursday that revealed pro-life groups were among those who were targeted to “inflate” the threat of domestic terrorism.
“If you’re a parent attending a school board meeting; if you’re a pro-lifer praying at a clinic, or you’re a Catholic simply going to Mass, you are a target of the government, a target of the FBI,” Jordan said.
Ketch similarly accused the federal government of targeting pro-lifers in an effort to protect the abortion industry.