Woman Arrested for Praying Silently Outside Abortion Facility – Watch
It’s getting harder and harder to keep strong family values in the world today. A woman has been arrested in the United Kingdom because she was silenced praying outside of an abortion facility.
The woman’s name was Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, she was standing outside of the BPAS Robert Clinic in Birmingham when she was confronted by police. They approached her and asked what she was doing. Vaughan-Spruce said she was praying silently in her mind.
And just like that, Police arrested her and charged her with four counts related to the violation of an “exclusion zone” around the facility.
The ADF UK defends people and their religious liberty in cases like this and they reported the incident.
This is what their report said, “A charity volunteer has been arrested and charged on four counts after she told the police she ‘might’ be praying silently, when questioned as to why she was standing on a public street near an abortion facility.”
The report also indicated that the police approached Vaughan-Spruce while just standing near the BPAS Robert Clinic in Kings Norton, Birmingham. The woman was not carrying a sign and was completely silent until the officers asked her questions. The police said that someone had complained that the woman might be praying silently.
“It’s abhorrently wrong that I was searched, arrested, interrogated by police and charged simply for praying in the privacy of my own mind. Censorship zones purport to ban harassment, which is already illegal. Nobody should ever be subject to harassment. But what I did was the furthest thing from harmful – I was exercising my freedom of thought, my freedom of religion, inside the privacy of my own mind. Nobody should be criminalised for thinking and for praying, in a public space in the UK,” said Isabel Vaughan-Spruce.
Those responsible for the arrest tried to clarify their actions in a response to the ADF Uk, but they probably just dug a deeper hole for themselves.
They not only arrested the woman but thoroughly searched her as well, even through her hair.
Does anyone have trouble believing that this same thing could happen on this side of the pond?
To clarify, the woman was charged with four counts of failing to comply with a Public Space Protection Order.
The PSPO creates a zone around a specific facility to protect women from harassment by any means if they are seeking a medical procedure or advice at an abortion clinic.
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) December 20, 2022