Charges dropped against woman arrested for silent prayer near abortion clinic

UK Police have confirmed that they will not bring charges against a pro-life volunteer whom they arrested while praying silently near an abortion facility in March.

Following a six-month investigation, West Midlands Police also issued an apology to Isabel Vaughan-Spruce for the length of time to reach the decision not to prosecute her.

The charitable volunteer was arrested for praying in a “buffer zone” surrounding an abortion facility. The zones, introduced by local authorities, bans prayer and other activities considered to be protest against abortion.

“This isn’t 1984, but 2023 – I should never have been arrested or investigated simply for the thoughts I held in my own mind. Silent prayer is never criminal,” commented Ms Vaughan-Spruce.

She added: “it’s important to highlight the extremely harmful implications of this ordeal not just for myself, but for everyone concerned with fundamental freedoms in the UK. What happened to me signals to others that they too could face arrest, interrogation, investigation, and potential prosecution if caught exercising their basic freedom of thought”.