'Parliament’s introduction of censorship zones across the country today will mean that many more innocent people like Isabel Vaughan-Spruce will be unjustly criminalized for their silent thoughts, or for peacefully offering leaflets about charitable help available to women who might want to hear about other options,' ADF UK legal counsel Jeremiah Igunnubole said.
In video footage of the incident, a police officer can be seen telling recently acquitted Isabel Vaughan-Spruce that it is still 'an offense' to pray in the abortion clinic's 'buffer zone,' even if done so silently.
'In the UK, freedom of thought, prayer, offers of help, and peaceful conversation are not illegal and we call on Parliament to reject the creation of more censorship zones,' ADF UK legal counsel Jeremiah Igunnubole said.
Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, whose charges related to silently praying outside an abortion center were dropped, has decided to seek a clear court verdict after prosecutors said she could face further proceedings.
An attorney with the legal advocacy group supporting the man argued that ‘[n]obody should be criminalised for what they believe – especially not when they express that belief silently, in the privacy of their own minds.’