Pro-Life Prayer Warrior Exonerated

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by Church Militant  •  •  September 26, 2023   

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BIRMINGHAM, England ( - West Midlands Police in England have apologized to a charity volunteer who was arrested twice in the past year for silently praying near an abortion mill. The police confirmed that no charges will be filed against her.

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce faced her first arrest last December, charged with breaching a Public Space Protection Order in Birmingham. The PSPO banned protests, including prayer, near abortuaries. The charges were later dropped, but she was arrested again in March for a similar alleged offense.

All Charges Dropped

Police have now dropped all charges for her second arrest, stating, "There will be no further investigation ... no further action."

  • The reason for the delay, allegedly due to Crown Prosecution Service consideration, remains unclear, with the CPS denying involvement.
  • Isabel protested, "I should never have been arrested. ... Silent prayer is never criminal."
  • She emphasized the broader impact, warning others they could face arrest, interrogation and prosecution for exercising their freedom of thought.
  • Isabel welcomed the police's decision but stressed the ordeal's harm to fundamental freedoms.
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'A Grave Injustice' 

The police's decision aligns with Home Secretary Suella Braverman's recent statement that "silent prayer, within itself, is not unlawful."

  • This follows legislation criminalizing attempts to "influence" women considering abortion within 150 meters of an abortuary. 
  • An amendment protecting silent prayer and information sharing failed.
  • Another case involves Adam Smith-Connor, charged for silently praying within an abortuary buffer zone. He has a hearing scheduled for November.
  • Right to Life UK's Catherine Robinson said, "It remains a grave injustice ... [there is] a tension between the law and what the police and Home Secretary enforce." 
  • The lack of clarity in the law raises concerns about potential future incidents.
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