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Just weeks after the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court dropped charges against a UK woman who was found silently praying near an abortion facility, she has been arrested again for the same “offense” at nearly the same spot. Isabel Vaughan-Spruce is once again entangled in a legal dispute for breaching a “buffer zone,” which prohibits demonstrations or protests within a certain radius of abortion-providing clinics.
Aleteia previously reported on Vaughan-Spruce’s initial arrest in 2022. She was approached by police officers while she was standing silently on the sidewalk near an abortion clinic. When she revealed that she might have been praying silently in her own head, police took her into custody. A high-profile legal battle ensued, in which the topic of government censorship of private thoughts was of the utmost concern, and it ultimately ended with her exoneration.
Still, although Vaughan-Spruce was cleared, the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) remains in place. Now, Isabel will have to go through the gauntlet again, with fresh charges levied on the director of the UK March for Life. Footage of her latest encounter with police officers has been shared on Twitter: