Pro-life demonstrators have been exonerated in a country where
free speech is less defined than in the United States of
A District judge in England has dismissed all charges against
Andrew Stephenson and Kathryn Sloane who demonstrated near an
abortion clinic while holding signs showing aborted babies. Both
were arrested in June 2011.
Stephenson was interviewed on BBC and stated he finds it
difficult to understand why abortionists disagree with people
showing the reality of what they do, which is killing a baby in the
"We stand there very peacefully. We don't shout at anybody,"
Stephenson says. "We don't call people murderers. All we do is
present the information. Why do the pictures like that make people
Stephenson's attorneys argued the pictures were not threatening,
not abusive and not insulting. One of the attorneys, Andrea
Williams of the Christian
Legal Centre, says that is the test.
"I think it ought not to need clarification in many ways,"
states Williams. "I think the problem here has been the application
of the law. Police officers on the ground think that because those
signs perhaps cause some people to be upset that they should then
use their power to arrest."
She adds that the prosecutors were also overzealous, which
resulted in prosecution.