‘A Glorious Struggle’: Pro-Life Father Of 11 Targeted By Biden Awaits Sentencing Over Pro-Life Protest

A Christian pro-life father of 11 facing over a decade in prison will be sentenced on Tuesday for his conviction over a peaceful protest in Tennessee at an abortion facility in 2021.

Paul Vaughn, who was convicted of violating the FACE Act and conspiracy against civil rights in January, was targeted by the Biden administration in October 2022 after he participated in a peaceful protest at an abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee in March 2021. He will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger on Tuesday in Nashville. He faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and up to 10.5 years in prison.

Ten others were charged over the protest. One took a plea deal to avoid jail time after agreeing to cooperate with the Justice Department’s prosecution of the case.

On Monday evening, Vaughn and approximately 200 other pro-lifers gathered at Christ Church Nashville for a rally featuring singing and Bible reading. During brief remarks to those gathered, Vaughn described his legal battle with the Biden admin as “a glorious struggle.”

“It’s real easy for me. I can go and go to battle and go to jail as an individual, and it’s not a big loss,” Vaughn said. “The challenge comes when you’re leading your family through it, when you’re talking to your 3-year-old and your 23-year-old and your other family.”

Vaughn said that he wanted to pray to God every day and get up ready to “take on that day with whatever circumstances come my way and a humility and a grace and a Spirit-led life that represents him in our society and our community around us.”

“How many politicians order their life after truth and justice versus power and greed, negotiating principles?” Vaughn asked, calling for Christians to stand for their beliefs. “They’re willing to give up core foundational principles of faith for a little bit more power, just a little bit more money, or just a little bit more affluence.”

At the protest where Vaughn was present, a group of pro-lifers gathered on the second floor of an office building in the hallway outside the Carafem Health Center Clinic. The group prayed, sang hymns, and urged women showing up to the clinic not to get abortions. No one present was charged with committing any violence

The Thomas More Society, which is representing Vaughn, is expected to appeal his conviction soon after sentencing.

Several co-defendants of Vaughn, including Cal Zastrow, Dennis Greene, and Coleman Boyd were also in attendance at the rally. They will be sentenced for the same convictions on Wednesday. The group sang Christian songs like “I Love You Lord” and read from Bible passages like Psalm 2 and Matthew 5.

Other speakers at the rally included Jason Storm of the pro-life Christian group Operation Save America and Pastor Rusty Thomas. Organizers allowed attendees to donate money to the defendants for their legal funds and their families.

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