Police drop ‘praying’ charges on Christian
A Christian man who was arrested and prosecuted for peacefully praying outside an abortion clinic in London has had the charges against him dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Christian Hacking, 29, from London, who needs a wheelchair after breaking his back in a climbing accident, was arrested by police on 8th August for allegedly failing to comply with a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) outside the Marie Stopes abortion clinic on Mattock Lane, Ealing.
Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Mr Hacking pleaded “not guilty”, and was set to go on trial on 5th November at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.
However, in the days prior to his court case, Mr Hacking received a letter stating that the case would no longer be taken forward due to there being not ‘enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction’.
Mr Hacking said: “To be treated like a criminal and imprisoned for eight hours for praying is ludicrous.
“My Christian faith calls me to defend the voiceless and what more peaceful way can I achieve this than through prayer.
“If abortion providers don’t want me praying outside their clinic they should buy the land and ring fence it. Not arrest people for doing what they don’t like on public property.
“I do not regret what I did, and urge the Church to pray more, not less outside of clinics until the killing stops,” Mr Hacking added.
“Surely we, as a nation, can give women in a crisis something better than abortion. I care deeply about all the families who attend abortion clinics and will continue to do what it takes, no matter what, until this silent genocide of innocent children ends.”
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “It is astonishing that vital police resources have been used to arrest and detain a man in a wheelchair for peacefully praying outside an abortion clinic.
“The alleged purpose of the PSPO legislation was to prevent harassment despite there never having been evidence to show that women have been harassed. The authorities now seem to think that even prayer is harassment. Christian did not harass anybody, and his arrest was just plain wrong.”
Ms Williams added: “The footage of four police officers carrying a disabled man and his wheelchair to a riot van, simply for praying, is deeply disturbing.
“Christian took a courageous stand outside of the clinic motivated by God’s love for each and every one of us and especially for women in crisis pregnancies and their children,” said Ms Williams.
“What does it say about our society when peaceful compassion for life is treated by arrest and imprisonment?”
Read more about this story in this week’s Catholic Universe, available on Friday 8th November:
‘ABORTION IS THE MODERN FORM OF CHILD SACRIFICE TO THE IDOLS OF CONVENIENCE, SEXUAL LIBERTY AND DESPAIR…’
CHRISTIAN HACKING, THE MAN ARRESTED FOR PRAYING ON THE STREETS OF EALING, TALKS TO CAROLINE FARROW, IN THIS WEEK’S CATHOLIC UNIVERSE.
Picture: Christian Hacking. (Christian Concern).