A Florida man and lady accused of vandalizing a number of abortion amenities are dealing with federal fees.
A grand jury in Tampa returned indictments final week charging 23-year-old Caleb Freestone and 23-year-old Amber Smith-Stewart with allegedly sending threatening messages final summer time at properties in Hollywood, Winter Haven and Hialeah.
They’re being accused of making an attempt to stop reproductive well being staff from offering these providers.
Prosecutors stated the messages included, “If abortion is unsafe, so are you,” “YOUR TIME IS UP!!,” “WE BREAK THE NEWS,” and “We’re all over the place.”
The primary act of sabotage occurred weeks after the Might launch of a draft of the US Supreme Court docket’s choice that overturned Roe v. Wade, a 50-year-old courtroom case that barred federal and state lawmakers from banning abortion. The courtroom dismissed the case in June, prompting liberal lawmakers throughout the nation to cross new abortion legal guidelines.
Florida had already handed a regulation final yr to ban abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant. That regulation went into impact in July.
If convicted, Freestone and Smith-Stewart resist 12 years in jail. On-line courtroom data present that Smith-Stewart was arrested on Monday, and a choose granted him bail pending trial on Tuesday. There have been no rapid experiences of Freestone’s arrest.