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Video: Feds show up at pro-life activist’s childhood home, ask her mother for information on her

FBI agents. (Melanie Rodgers Cox/US Air Force)
May 17, 2023

Two FBI agents showed up at the childhood home of a pro-life activist “to speak with her regarding some information that was sent” to the bureau, security footage of the moment shows.

According to Ring security camera footage first obtained by The Daily Signal, the agents spoke to the mother of Elise Ketch, a pro-life activist with the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), and asked her for information on Ketch.

“Hi, we’re looking for Elise,” Agent Ashely Roberts tells Ketch’s mother after she greets the agents at the door.

When Ketch’s mother asks what the visit is about, Roberts introduces herself and her fellow agent, Kathleen Brown, and tells Ketch’s mother that they “just need to speak with [Elise] regarding some information that was sent in to us.”

Ketch’s mother explains that her daughter does not live at the residence, at which point Roberts asks for Elise’s home address and phone number.

“She’s not in any trouble, we just have some information that we need to ask her about,” Roberts adds.

Ketch’s mother asks to take a photo of the agents’ badges, but Roberts says that’s “not allowed.”

After Ketch’s mother asks for more information about the visit, Roberts says the agents would tell her because “she’s not in any trouble,” but “out of respect for [Elise], we’d like to speak with her first.”

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In another security video, Ketch’s mother is heard calling her daughter on speakerphone to let her know she has “two FBI agents at the front door.”

“FBI agents? Well, don’t tell them anything. Don’t let them in. Don’t talk to them,” Elise Ketch responds.

PAAU recently made headlines as the group that exposed the remains of five premie-sized aborted babies found outside a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic.

Elise Ketch told The Daily Signal that she is not sure what information the FBI received.

“My colleague at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, Lauren Handy, is indicted under the FACE Act and is being prosecuted by the federal government,” she said. “It’s plausible that these FBI agents aimed to collect information from me to help build their case against her.”

“While they reassured my mother that I was not in trouble, it’s also possible that they see me as a threat due to my pro-life activism and intended to investigate me,” Ketch added. “Yet to my knowledge, they never attempted to follow up with me or my attorney, so I believe the FBI’s true motive behind their visit to my parents’ home was to intimidate me and my team.”

Ketch said she is worried about her family’s safety in the wake of the surprise visit, but added, “I refuse to back down.”