Law and religion round-up – 5th February

Exclusion zones and abortion clinics

The Catholic Herald reported on Friday that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to proceed with charges against Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, who was arrested and charged with four counts of failing to comply with a Public Space Protection Order in violation of a “buffer zone” around the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s Robert Clinic in Kings Norton. She had been due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 2 February. The CPS has now decided to discontinue the case, but has warned her that the charges might be revived if they receive further evidence against her.

ADF UK reports, however, that the CPS also informed Ms Vaughan-Spruce of “her right to seek a verdict” and says that “she has now made known her intention to pursue a verdict in court. Her first hearing date is yet to be set”. Watch this space.

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