Image Credit: Screenshots of Video by Paul Vaughn
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Last week, we reported that multiple individuals have been recently charged for peacefully protesting at an abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in 2021.
In an article by senior reporter Mary Margaret Olohan written for The Daily Signal, it has been revealed that one of the individuals was taken away by heavily-armed FBI agents in handcuffs in front of his children and wife.
As part of a “rescue” in March of 2021, a group of individuals committed to saving the lives of pre-born children visited the Carafem abortion center in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. This event was meant to reach women seeking abortions trying to persuade them to choose life for the unborn children instead.
Although this event took place over a year ago, the FBI visited the home of a Centreville, Tennessee man to arrest him and take him away in front of his wife and children.
Paul Vaughn, father of 11 children, is facing charges, along with 10 other individuals, for “conspiracy against rights secured by the FACE Act, and committing FACE Act violations.
According to an interview with the Daily Signal, the FBI came to the door of Vaughn’s home, “guns pointed at the door, banging on the house, yelling and screaming, ‘Open up. FBI,’ that kind of thing. When I opened the door and saw the guns pointed at me, I asked them what they wanted, who they were looking for, and they said they wanted me,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn reports that at the time of the incident, some of his children were in his yard making their way to his car for him to take them to school, with other children still in their home.
“Seeing that the easiest path to de-escalation was me in handcuffs, I stepped outside and put an end to the ranting and the banging and the yelling,” Vaughn said.
After the FBI handcuffed Vaughn and placed him in an unmarked vehicle, his wife, who had been inside their home with their 18-month old baby, came outside and videotaped the conversation with agents.
Some of the agents were armed with machine guns and all were wearing bulletproof vests.
“I wanna know why you were banging on my door with a gun,” Vaughn’s wife said. “Are you not going to tell me anything?”
“No, we are not,” one agent replies, while another adds, “I tried.”
“No, you didn’t!” she shouts back. “You did not try.”
Vaughn’s wife also asked for the name of one of the agents and any information that he might provide. The agent replied by closing the vehicle’s door in her face and driving away.
Not including Vaughn, 10 more individuals that participated in the Mt. Juliet protest that was previously declared as nonviolent were charged.
Chester Gallagher, 73, of Lebanon, Tennessee; Heather Idoni, 58; Calvin Zastrow, 57; and Caroline Davis, 24; all of Michigan; Coleman Boyd, 51, of Bolton, Mississippi; Dennis Green, 56, of Cumberland, Virginia; Eva Edl, 87, of Aiken South Carolina; Eva Zastro, 24, of Dover, Arkansas; James Zastro, 25, of Eldon, Missouri; and Paul Place, 24, of Centerville, Tennessee.
The DOJ press release states that “All defendants will have appearances scheduled in U.S. District Court in Nashville at a later date.”
The charges in the indictment are as follows:
The indictment alleges that, beginning in February 2021, Chester Gallagher utilized social media to promote a series of anti-abortion events scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in the Nashville area. Other co-conspirators then utilized Facebook to coordinate travel and logistics and to identify other participants for the blockade. On March 4, 2021, Coleman Boyd and Chester Gallager advertised the blockade of the Carafem Health Center Clinic, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, which was planned for the following day. In his social media post, Gallagher referred to the blockade as a “rescue.”
Boyd also began a Facebook livestream broadcast of the clinic blockade at 7:45 a.m. on March 5, 2021. This livestream broadcast was titled, in part, “Mt. Juliet, TN Rescue March 5, 2021,” and live streamed the blockade event as his co-conspirators and others blocked the clinic’s entry doors and prevented a patient and an employee from entering. The livestream also broadcast members of the group attempting to engage a patient and her companion as Boyd told his livestream audience that the patient was a “mom coming to kill her baby.”
During the protest, the individuals lined the inside hallways of a general medical office building, where the Carafem abortion facility is located. They prayed and sang. Several participants were arrested that day and were later released after posting bail for misdemeanor trespass charges.
Vaughn told The Daily Signal that he was not arrested on the day of the blockade.
He shared that he is the father of 11 children. His oldest is 27 and his youngest is 18 months. Four of his children are married, and seven of them still live at his home.
Vaughn said, “What I told the agents that arrested me on the ride into town since we had a nice hour of fellowship, is that it’s a beautiful tactic? If you want to suppress free speech and you want to strike fear and intimidation into opposition and you weaponize justice to go after someone, to suppress, if you can get a large family, you get all the children.”
“And all the children have this memory growing up of the big, bad agents banging on the door and taking away dad,” Vaughn said, “And they have an innate sense of fear now that they have to overcome in their life to oppose anything that is put upon them.”
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com