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Fine against elderly woman arrested for praying in front of abortion clinic during lockdown is annulled

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Policiais haviam entendido que Rosa Lalor não tinha uma razão válida para desrespeitar o bloqueio sanitário em Liverpool, em fevereiro de 2021

Police officers had understood that Rosa Lalor did not have a valid reason to flout the health lock in Liverpool in February | Photo: Publicity/ADF International

A woman from years that she was arrested and fined in England for praying in front of an abortion clinic was overturned after Merseyside Police dropped the charge against her.

According to information from the organization ADF International, which represented her in the case, Rosa Lalor was arrested in Liverpool in February 2021 accused of breaking the rules of the lockdown against Covid-10 then in force in the country.

Police officers understood that praying in front of the abortion clinic, outside of a place of worship, was a “protest” and not a valid reason to disrespect the sanitary block.

“I took this challenge forward with the support of the ADF to show that we all have a fundamental right to pray – especially to pray as I did, in the privacy of my own mind.”

Also in a statement, Lalor’s attorney, Jeremiah Igunnubole, said it was “deeply regretful that this law-abiding woman has been subjected to harrowing and protracted criminal proceedings, no doubt due to her pro-life stance.”

“ It is a manifestation of a troubling trend in law enforcement where individuals are routinely arrested simply because their views are considered controversial or offensive,” he added.

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