A disabled man has been arrested and carried away by four police officers for peacefully praying outside an abortion clinic in the UK.
Christian Hacking, 29, was imprisoned for eight hours on August 8 after he was alleged to have failed to comply with a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) outside Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Ealing, west London.
The clinic was the first in the UK to have an exclusion zone put in place, which prohibits prayer within 100 meters of the abortion facility.
According to the PSPO: “[people must not engage] in any act of approval/disapproval or attempted 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 counselling.”
After the case was handed to the Crown Prosecution Service, the charges against Mr Hacking were dropped, as there was not “enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.”
Mr Hacking said: “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,” he added.
“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.”