The case against the Christian man who was arrested for praying outside an abortion clinic in London, was dropped.
Praying outside an abortion clinic
On August 8, Christian Hacking was arrested by four London police officers and was imprisoned for eight. The man on the wheelchair was reported to have allegedly violated the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Prior to the arrest, police warned Christians who were praying outside the Marie Stops abortion clinic. However, he responded by saying that he would continue to pray.
A public spaces protection order
The PSPO in Ealing prevents pro-life campaigners from offering counseling or alternatives to abortion to women visiting abortion clinics. The Bill states that any person must not take part “in any act of approval/disapproval or attempted an act of approval/disapproval, with respect to issues related to abortion services, by any means. This includes but is not limited to graphic, verbal or written means, prayer or counseling.” It was the first in the country and has been in effect since April 2018.
Not enough evidence
The trial for Christian’s charges was due on November 5 at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. But Crown Prosecution Service has dropped his case, he no longer has to stand in the trial. The letter states that the charges could not continue because there is no “enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.”
It turns out that Christian, in his wheelchair, and another campaigner was sitting outside the designated ‘protest’ area near the clinic. But police statements show that “both males were sitting quietly on the grass.”
“My Christian faith calls me to defend the voiceless and what more peaceful way can I achieve this than through prayer. If abortion providers don’t want me praying outside their clinic they should buy the land and ring-fence it. Not arrest people for doing what they don’t like on public property,” Christian said.
Christian Hacking didn’t regret what he has done, moreover, he urged the Christians to pray more.
“I do not regret what I did, and urge the Church to pray more, not less outside of clinics until the killing stops. Surely we, as a nation, can give women in a crisis something better than abortion. I care deeply about all the families who attend abortion clinics and will continue to do what it takes. No matter what, until this silent genocide of innocent children ends,” he added.
Reference: Christian Today