Lifeguards describe FBI’s ‘coordinated attack’ on movement: ‘We are being actively targeted’

Elise Ketch, a member of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, called on the FBI’s “coordinated attack” on the pro-life movement after two agents visited her mother’s home in April.

On Wednesday, the Daily Signal published footage of two FBI agents arriving at Ketch’s childhood home in Virginia and requesting to speak with her. When Ketch’s mother asked the reason for the visit, all they said was that it was “information sent to her,” but that Ketch was “not in trouble.”

Describing the situation to Fox News Digital, Ketch said there was “a little panic, but that wasn’t surprising.”

“It’s another attack on the pro-life movement, because that’s our frontline workers. These are the people who help women who are in crisis,” she said. “And they’re also an active threat to the abortion industry. They’re taking away businesses and money, and we’re all very for-profit in the abortion industry. So I think the FBI doesn’t want to see pregnancy centers succeed.” Many governments don’t even consider them legitimate health centers.”

Elise Ketch

Elise Ketch, activist for the progressive anti-abortion riot, spoke to Fox News Digital (Fox News Digital)

FBI visits lifeguard’s mother’s home in what she says was “intimidating”: “Refusing to back down”

She added, “I think overall it’s a coordinated attack on them because they’re so effective at preventing abortions.”

Ketch noted that her mother’s home was probably designed more to intimidate her and her organization than as a serious attempt to contact her.

“I think my mother’s house was specifically targeted because I feel like they should be… if it really is an intelligence agency they should have known by now that I’ve moved and here in Washington, DC live. It’s no secret.” So it only makes sense to me that they went to my mom’s house just to intimidate my family and intimidate me. It really does. At the end of the day, it feels like a threat, but at the same time, it also feels like an emptiness,” Ketch said.

The FBI’s visit follows the controversial arrest of rights activist Mark Houck outside his Pennsylvania home in September. About 25 armed officers pounded on his front door, “raided” their home, according to Houck’s wife, and brought Houck out “tied up” in front of their seven children.


Pro-life protesters walk down the National Mall during the 2023 March for Life (Brooke Curto/Fox News Digital)


House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, also gave a detailed account Thursday of FBI whistleblowers suggesting that lifeguard groups were among those targeting domestic terrorism.

“If you’re a parent attending a school board meeting, if you’re a pro-life advocate praying at a clinic, or if you’re a Catholic just going to mass, you’re a government target, a Target of the FBI.” Jordan said.

Ketch similarly accused the federal government of targeting anti-abortionists to protect the abortion industry.

“I think we pose a challenge to institutional and corporate power, particularly because the abortion industrial complex is a key pillar of power. It’s the status quo. The government and our country honestly don’t know how to get along without killing children.” . So here we are. They really don’t want us to bring down this pillar for them. We’re definitely a threat to the government. So I think they have a keen interest in targeting pro-life supporters,” Ketch said.

In light of the potential future attacks on pro-life supporters, Ketch remained optimistic and hoped her experiences could inspire others.

FBI logo and seal under the American flag

The FBI seal is displayed on a podium before a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)

“But what we should do about it is continue to make them public. If we keep saying this is happening and documenting it whenever we can, we can show that there is a coordinated trend and that it’s not just a conspiracy. That is indeed the case.” “It is happening and we are actually being actively targeted by this government. So I hope that lifeguards who see my video learn what to say from it,” she said.

She advised others contacted by the FBI to seek legal counsel before speaking to law enforcement.

“You have the right to remain silent and not to compromise,” she advised. “Just make sure you have proper legal representation, then get those paperwork and make them available to the public so we all know. Safety is in numbers, you know.”


Fox News Digital asked the FBI for comment, but they declined.

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