A woman arrested for praying silently outside an abortion clinic in the UK says she was taken to police station and questioned about her thoughts, according to a new video published online.
“I’m a friend to some, a sister to others, a charity worker, a Christian … I’m not a criminal,” says Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, who says she was officially charged with “four counts.” he was previously believed to have been responsible for the incident in Birmingham, England, due to non-compliance and “anti-social behavior”.
The government website because the city describes anti-social behavior as “conduct that has caused or is likely to cause harassment.”
“When I was taken to the police station, I was grilled over my thoughts,” says Spruce.
“They later informed me that I have now been charged with four counts because of the thoughts I had and where I thought them,” she explains.
“You don’t have to be pro-life to see that’s wrong,” pleads the activist. “Freedom of thought, conscience and belief are the most fundamental rights and an integral part of our human identity,” she noted.
The group that released the video, and that is supporting spruce calls itself Alliance Defending Freedom UK
“No one should be arrested for the thoughts they have in their own head. The arrest and charges appear to be based solely on her admission that she was praying inwardly,” said Jeremiah Igunnubole, Spruce’s legal representative.
“The clinic was closed and she stood in public space without even speaking to anyone. As a public space, she was not forbidden to stay there,” argued the lawyer a statement.
The ADF describes itself as “a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms and promotes the inherent dignity of all human beings.”
It also publishes a journal and provides legal commentary on UK court cases.
A fundraiser has raised approximately $17,000 for Spruce to “cover legal fees and costs associated with litigation” as of this writing.
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