Another pro-life advocate was arrested for praying outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility last week, according to Created Equal.
The Ohio-based pro-life organization released a video showing police grabbing the woman, identified only as Alicia, pulling her off the sidewalk into the parking lot and handcuffing her for allegedly trespassing.
“It was Alicia’s first time praying at the Columbus, [Ohio] abortion facility,” according to Created Equal. “All she did was walk through a grassy lawn next to the Planned Parenthood parking lot. It is their property, but it is not clearly marked. There is a fence around the parking lot, but there is nothing blocking off the lawn to the side, which gives the impression that the grass is fine to walk across.”
Even though Alicia did not know she was trespassing, the pro-life organization said she was charged with criminal trespass for allegedly “knowingly” walking on Planned Parenthood’s grass “without privilege to do so.”
The incident occurred May 1.
According to Created Equal, the police officer who arrested her, Edward Chung, is a self-professing Christian who sometimes works off-duty for Planned Parenthood.
“This is an absolute violation of rights,” said Mark Harrington, president and founder of Created Equal. “Officer Chung should have issued a warning. Not only did he treat Alicia differently than many other people he has seen walk across the lot, but he really crossed a line when he forcibly dragged her into the parking lot.”
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Harrington urged the Columbus City Police to apologize.
“We consistently see officers hired by Planned Parenthood treat pro-lifers unfairly,” he continued. “They like to claim that they are at the abortion facility to make sure everyone is safe but they regularly show that they want to make sure no one in any way hinders the bloody business of their employers.”
The Columbus Planned Parenthood does not provide any legitimate health services. Its website advertises abortions only.
In the video, other pro-lifers who were there that day confirmed Alicia was just walking around praying when she was arrested. They could be heard telling the police officer that it was her first time praying outside the abortion facility and she did not know that she was not allowed on the property.
“She’s being arrested for praying for the children, caring for the children,” one of the pro-life advocates called out as he filmed her arrest.
In the past two months, dozens of pro-life advocates have been arrested or cited while peacefully praying and reaching out to moms in need outside abortion facilities across the U.S. Many were accused of violating coronavirus health restrictions. Pro-life sidewalk counselors also were arrested or fined in San Francisco, California; Greensboro, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan and Baton Rouge, Louisiana while trying to save unborn babies from abortions. Fortunately, some saw their charges dropped after filing lawsuits.