top of page
  • Alyssa Spencer

Two Pro-life Women Ages 73 and 74 Face 11 Years In Prison

null/ Credit: Brian A Jackson / Shutterstock

Pro-life activists, Jean Marshall (age 73) and Joan Bell (age 74), were just convicted on Friday by the Biden DOJ for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic. Both of the activists now face up to 11 years in prison, which could very well mean that both of these women live out the remainder of their days in a prison cell.

The Department of Justice published a press release detailing Marshall and Bell’s alleged crimes:

“According to evidence presented at trial, Jonathan Darnel, 41, of Arlington, Virginia; Jean Marshall, 73, of Kingston, Massachusetts; and Joan Bell, 74, of Montague, New Jersey, engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services. As part of the conspiracy, Marshall and Bell traveled to the Washington, D.C. area to meet with Darnel and participate in a clinic blockade that was directed by another co-conspirator and broadcast on Facebook.

According to evidence presented at trial, Marshall and Bell were among a group that forcefully entered the clinic and blockaded two clinic doors using their bodies, furniture, chains and ropes. Once the blockade was established, Darnel – who remained outside the clinic – live-streamed their activities on social media. The evidence also showed that the defendants violated the FACE Act by using a physical obstruction to injure, intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient because they were providing or obtaining reproductive health services.”

The Biden DOJ has been targeting the pro-life activists involved in the incident at the DC abortion clinic for over a year as previously reported by The Republic Observer. Many notable pro-life conservatives are outraged by this perceived weaponization of the federal government’s justice system. Prominent conservative social media account, Libs of TikTok, run by Chaya Raichik, posted on X (formerly Twitter) to express her disdain regarding the convictions: “2 women in their 70’s were convicted for “blocking” an abortion clinic and now face up to 11 years in prison. Meanwhile most BLM protestors who burned down buildings and destroyed our country for months had their charges dropped.”

According to Lifesite news, Joan Bell read a closing statement before the court which ended with this: “Please understand. I can love God in prison or out of prison. What matters to me is for you to know that God loves you with a passion! I hope with all my heart that if you do not already know this…you will come to know this Truth most personally and deeply.”


bottom of page