Cal Zastrow was sentenced to six months in jail for protesting outside a Tennessee abortion clinic this past March.

In federal court in Nashville, Judge Aleta Trauger sentenced Zastrow on Wednesday. He was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of supervised release but not fined. He will be required to report on October 1 to begin his sentence in federal prison.

Zastrow echoed this sentiment when he was finally called to speak, mentioning that his faith as a Christian compelled him to stand up for the rights of unborn children.

He said he tried to live his life “under the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” and that “children are a blessing from God.” He closed with Revelation 5:11-14.

Calling Zastrow’s “religious fervor” a problem, Trauger roundly condemned him for inflicting pain on others. Zastrow, along with 10 other pro-lifers protesting at the Carafem Health Center Clinic in Mt. Juliet was charged by President Joe Biden’s Justice Department.

About four weeks into the protest, a group of pro-lifers gathered on the second floor in front of an unmarked door where they prayed and sang hymns. There was no record of violence from the protesters.

The sentencing came one day after their co-defendant Paul Vaughn was sentenced. Trauger did not impose a prison sentence on Vaughn despite the Biden administration’s request that he be sentenced to one year behind bars.

Given a chance to speak, Vaughn said the “reason I am engaged in activities is because I care for my country.”

The room was packed with Vaughn supporters and broke into applause after Trauger said she would not sentence him to prison. Trauger ruled in part that Vaughn’s four years as a serviceman with the US Navy and statements from his community were why didn’t convict.

Several others were also found guilty of conspiracy against rights for the Carafem sit-in and will face sentencing.

Hundreds of pro-lifer supporters gathered at Christ Church Nashville on Monday and Tuesday to rally for the activists prior to their sentencing. The rallies included singing, prayers, and speeches by Christian pastors.