Enough is enough.

This week, the 40 Days for Life Institute of Law & Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Justice and multiple state and local law enforcement officers on behalf of longtime 40 Days for Life participant Mark Houck.

This lawsuit won't defend only Mark's rights--but also the rights of ALL pro-life Americans targeted by the compromised and biased DOJ.

In the fall of 2022, Mark's home and family were needlessly subjected to an early-morning raid at gunpoint by state and federal law enforcement teams displaying overwhelming force--after he had done nothing wrong and AFTER he had agreed to peacefully cooperate.

His "crime"? Protecting his young son from an angry Planned Parenthood escort in Philadelphia who was aggressively cursing at his son.

Philadelphia law enforcement REFUSED to file charges. Philadelphia's pro-abortion district attorney DROPPED charges after a private criminal complaint was obtained.

But just five days AFTER private criminal charges were DISMISSED, the DOJ sent its "target letter" and asked to talk to Mark's lawyer. Mark complied, but the feds never returned any communications or calls.

Then, heavily armed state and federal agents raided Mark's property and home and arrested him AT GUNPOINT in front of his family, pointed automatic weapons at his wife and young children, transported him to the federal building, chained him to a table for SIX hours, and filed bogus charges that left him facing more than a decade in federal prison!

A federal jury acquitted Mark after deliberating for JUST AN HOUR...

...but the DOJ's outrageous misconduct against Mark and his family was designed to intimidate pro-lifers EVERYWHERE into silence.

We won't let that happen.

Represented by the 40 Days for Life Institute of Law & Justice--which includes a former DOJ litigator and elected prosecutors--Mark has now sued the DOJ for violating his civil rights and for harming him and his precious family.

For a recap of the case, check out this video we released when Mark officially notified the DOJ of his lawsuit:

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We've worked well with the many great men and women at the DOJ and FBI since 2007. What changed? The overturning of Roe v. Wade.

40 Days for Life is closing abortion facilities, and the only way to get rid of 40 Days for Life is to get rid of free speech.

We launched the Institute of Law & Justice to protect our mission and defend prayer volunteers with the most professional, talented, and experienced attorneys with a long record of winning in court.

And it's working. The 40 Days for Life Institute of Law & Justice just got a bogus charge against a peaceful pro-lifer in Colorado dismissed.

"Thank you [to] the Institute of Law & Justice for the legal help and support you gave me fighting my harassment charge," wrote the volunteer. "You shared information about the charge [and] what was ahead of me and assured me that I was not alone in the process and [that] you would help me along the way. You kept me updated the whole way. It was a scary time for me and my family. ... We don't know what we would have done without you."

We're winning. But we can't do it alone.

Help us hold the DOJ and state and local law enforcement accountable to protect pro-life Americans with your most generous financial gift today:

Thank you in advance for your support--and for your prayers that justice will be served!

Shawn Carney, President/CEO

In addition to co-founding 40 Days for Life, Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced award-winning pro-life documentaries. Shawn co-authored the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do and also wrote The Beginning of the End of Abortion.