The U. K. authorities have dropped the charges against Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the woman found praying outside a U. K. abortion clinic, however, there are claims that her case with the legal system might not be over just yet.
Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the director of the U. K. March for Life was arrested in Birmingham, England, in December for praying near an abortion clinic on a public street. According to a statement to the Premier, the West Midlands Police affirmed the arrest. Isabel Vaughan-Spruce was arrested on the 6th of December 2022 and criminally charged on the 15th of December with four counts for going against a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). Isabel was bailed to stand before the Birmingham Magistrate court on the 2nd of February, 2023.
A video of her being interrogated by the police has been going viral on social media since the occurrence of the incident. The video seen on the Twitter page of Mary Magaret Olohan had a caption that read;
“ Police in the UK arrested a woman for silently praying:
“Are you praying?”
“I might be praying in my head.”
The charges against her by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), have been dropped though it was said that the case might still be with the authorities following future evidential review. In a press release by Alliance Defending Freedom U. K. with Isabel’s attorneys, Vaughan-Spruce “will continue to await justice as she states her intention to pursue full dismissal of her charges.”
She made it known through her ADF U. K. Attorneys why she is pressing on to clarifying her legal stance. “It can’t be right that I was arrested and made a criminal, only for praying in my head on a public street,” she said. “So-called ‘buffer zone legislation’ will result in so many more people like me, doing good and legal activities like offering charitable support to women in crisis pregnancies, or simply praying in their heads, being treated like criminals and even facing court.” She cried out.
Isabel, being into charitable works to support women in crises in abortion clinics, seeks a clear legal status as the statement of the CPS has left her unclear. She has decided to pursue the clarity of the case further in court.