Skip to comments.Police use draconian 'riot law' to break up pro-life vigil outside abortion clinic
Posted on 06/06/2014 10:04:21 PM PDT by Morgana
Pro-life campaigners have been threatened with arrest under a draconian riot law for holding prayer vigils outside an abortion clinic.
Police used legislation which is commonly used to disperse rioters and football hooligans to force three campaigners to move away from the clinic on two separate occasions over the past six weeks.
Officers issued the group, who try to persuade women to keep their unborn babies, with Section 14 Public Order Act notices.
The strongly worded notice, which was used on both occasions, read: I believe the intention of the organisers is the intimidation of others with a view to compelling them not to do any act they have a right to do.
The Scotland Yard inspectors said they thought the group posed a serious risk of disruption to the life of the community.
The group was then ordered by police to continue its vigil on the other side of the road, which meant protesters were unable to talk to any of the patients at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic.
Staff at the BPAS clinic have called the police on several occasions to complain about the intimidating behaviour of the campaigners. They say the Catholic group is harassing pregnant patients by showing them large photographs of embryos at various stages of pregnancy.
However the pro-life campaigners, from the Good Counsel Network (GCN), claim they are acting within the law and only speak to women who are willing to talk.
Last night the Metropolitan Police admitted its officers had made a mistake and said the riot law should not have been used.
But Justyna Pasek, 33, a pregnancy adviser for GCN, said she felt like a criminal when her small team was stopped by the police.
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Did the police give themselves the same notices?
Foolish mind slaves! You’re living in Orwell’s Britistan now.
We hand out leaflets to pregnant women and speak to women who want to speak to us, she said, adding: We dont chase after women, we dont stop anyone from going into the clinic and we never block the gates.
jeepers, I wished they had thought of that to disperse the occupiers.
Scotland Yard should change their name to Mecca Outhouse
Homosexual rights advocates would have been given a pass had they employed the very same techniques.