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Police confront pro-life activist for praying silently outside abortion clinic

A law enforcement official confronted a pro-life activist for silently praying outside an abortion clinic in the United Kingdom even after local police apologized to her for previous arrests near the facility.


Video footage published by the law firm ADF UK Monday shows an encounter between British pro-life activist Isabel Vaughan-Spruce and West Midlands Police outside an abortion clinic in Birmingham.

The abortion facility is protected by a Public Space Protection Order that prohibits people from “protesting, namely engaging in any act of approval or disapproval, with respect to issues related to abortion services, by any means” within a certain distance of an abortion clinic.

In September, the West Midlands Police dropped charges against Vaughan-Spruce and apologized for arresting her twice for praying.

Last February, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the initial charges against Vaughn-Spruce but warned at the time that the charges “may well start again” if they receive new evidence related to the case. The activists pursued a clear verdict in court before the police dropped the matter entirely.





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