A woman in the United Kingdom was arrested for praying silently near an abortion clinic.
The arrest was captured on video, with the woman admitting she may be "praying in my head."
— New York Post (@nypost) December 23, 2022
"According to Alliance Defending Freedom UK (ADF UK), Vaughan-Spruce 'was standing near the BPAS Robert Clinic in Kings Norton, Birmingham in an area ADF UK called a "censorship zone," when police approached her after an onlooker complained she might be praying outside the abortion facility,'" the New York Post reported.
"According to ADF UK, Birmingham authorities have established buffer zones near abortion clinics, making it illegal for people to engage in behavior disapproving or approving of abortion. This includes “graphic, verbal or written means, prayer or counseling," it added.
Twitter erupts over clip of UK woman arrested for silently praying across from abortion clinic: ‘Terrifying' https://t.co/sTR0MIMh2Y
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 23, 2022
"The clip shows the woman silently standing on a curb across from an abortion clinic as British law enforcement officers approach her. One asks why she is standing there and responds that she’s there because of the abortion clinic. She denies that she is part of any protest," Fox News stated.
The officer then asks, "Are you praying?" to which she responds, "I might be praying in my head." The officer then asks her if she’d be willing to go to the station for questioning about her actions. "If I’ve got a choice, then no," she responds, after which the officer states, "You're under arrest" and claims she’s charged with "suspicion of failing to comply with Public Spaces Protection Order," it added.
The video quickly went viral and has users on social media in outrage over the invasion of basic religious freedom.
"1984 was a warning, not a guide," one person said on Twitter, referring to the popular George Orwell dystopian novel.
The scene also caused people to wonder what the police are trying to censor when someone is praying silently.
The odd arrest will likely be a dispute for some time to come as the U.K. seeks to explain its extreme position against prayer.
Source: New York Post