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Judge offers strange advice to elderly pro-lifer sentenced to prison [VIDEOS]

Judge offers strange advice to elderly pro-lifer sentenced to prison [VIDEOS]

In a remarkable display of judicial overreach, a Washington DC District Court judge suggested that a 75-year-old pro-life activist “do everything possible to stay alive” while sentencing her to prison. On May 31, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sentenced Paulette “Paula” Harlow to two years in federal prison and 36 months of supervised release for her role in a 2020 pro-life rally at an abortion clinic The judge's comments followed pleas for leniency. from Harlow's husband John and her lawyer, citing her rapidly declining health.

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Harlow was convicted of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act). Despite serious concerns about her health, Judge Kollar-Kotelly offered a rather unconventional suggestion based on Harlow's faith. “I would suggest that, as far as your religion is concerned, one of the principles is that you should make the effort during this period of time, when it may be difficult for your husband, to do your best to stay alive, do the things you have to do to survive, because that is part of the principles of your religion,” the judge said.

John Harlow, who has been his wife's primary carer, expressed deep concern about the impact of the sentence. “I feel like Paulette is dying,” he said. “In my heart, I think it's hard for him to stay alive.” Defense attorney Allen Orenberg argued that interrupting her care could be harmful to her health. “She cannot continue to exist without the support, especially that of her husband,” Orenberg stressed. He also mentioned John's decision to stay by his wife, saying, “Well, if Paulette goes to jail, I want to go with her. I want to be there for her. She's going to need me. She can't go on living without me.”

Harlow is currently under house arrest as authorities determine a federal facility that can provide him with appropriate medical care. You are prohibited from coming within 1,000 feet of an abortion clinic.

While some criticized Judge Kollar-Kotelly's comments, Harlow took them in stride. “It was just his expression. He's just saying he's trying to stay alive. 'That's a principle of your faith too,' which, yes, is a tenant of my faith. But also, saving children is a principle of my faith. I don't think it was anything I would say, but I, at the time, was pondering and still pondering (the sentence),” Harlow said. Fox News.

Judge Kollar-Kotelly has a history of handing down harsh sentences to pro-life activists. Last month, he sentenced several activists to years in prison for blocking access to the Washington Surgi-Clinic on October 22, 2020. The DOJ Office of Public Affairs reported convictions of between 21 and 57 months for those involved, including Lauren Handy, John Hinshaw, William Goodman, Jonathan Darnel, Herb Geraghty, Jean Marshall, Joan Bell and Heather Idoni.

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