British police slap army vet with fine for praying silently outside abortion facility

An attorney with the legal advocacy group supporting the man argued that ‘[n]obody should be criminalised for what they believe – especially not when they express that belief silently, in the privacy of their own minds.’


BOURNEMOUTH, England (LifeSiteNews) — A British father and military veteran was slammed with a fine for silently praying outside an abortion facility. The incident is among several of its kind to make major headlines in the past several months and relates to a controversial UK protection order that prohibits prayer and even crossing oneself within so-called “safe zones” surrounding abortion facilities.

Adam Smith-Connor, a physiotherapist and army veteran from Southampton, England, was penalized with the fine after he was confronted by “community safety accredited officers” while praying silently outside a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) abortion clinic in Bournemouth in November. 

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