Exclusion zones and abortion clinics: Vaughan-Spruce and Gough

On 3 February, the Catholic Herald reported that the Crown Prosecution Service had 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. Similar charges were brought against a Roman Catholic priest, Fr Sean Gough, for holding up a sign saying “praying for free speech” outside the clinic.

Although it was decided not to proceed, they decided to pursue a verdict in court Continue reading