Two pro-life women who were arrested outside a Manhattan Planned Parenthood in the midst of violent protests believe there is a “bias against Christians” who stand up for unborn babies.
Black pro-life advocates Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes were arrested May 30 on the sidewalk outside the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Center in Manhattan, CBN News reports.
The women allegedly were violating city social distancing guidelines because of the coronavirus and refused to leave the area. Beatty and Chavannes said they were social distancing while offering information and free resources to women.
They believe they were targeted for arrest because they are Christians. According to FaithWire, Beatty said she never has had a problem with police “until I started doing” pro-life outreach.
She criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both pro-abortion Democrats, for pushing an agenda, noting how police enforced coronavirus restrictions against them but not the violent rioters during the George Floyd protests.
Beatty told Fox News: “This is a clear statement of their bias now. It’s blatant now. It’s really truly biased against Christians, against pro-life abolitionists.”
“We feel like it’s just another reason Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo can just push this agenda because the reality is this: How is abortion essential? How are stores closing and we can’t have Red Lobster and we can’t go to church or fellowship but you can still go and kill a baby?” she continued.
Beatty and Chavannes, founders of At the Well Ministries, were handcuffed and arrested outside the abortion facility after they refused to leave, according to CBN News. They said they were standing legally on the sidewalk and not blocking the entrance.
They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.
Fox News asked the New York Police Department for arrest records for Beatty and Chavannes, but the police said they did not have any. However, it is clear that they were arrested; the women posted a video online showing NYPD officers handcuffing them.
Beatty said they think authorities are trying to silence Christians through the coronavirus restrictions.
She also said she and Chavannes do not support Black Lives Matter because they work “hand-in-hand” with the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
“They’re fraudulent hypocrites … and I believe all lives matter because God created them,” she told Fox News. “There are thousands of George Floyds that die every day in their mother’s womb and it’s just as unjust as when he died at the hands of that police officer.”
In the past three 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, Columbus, Ohio and Baton Rouge, Louisiana while trying to save unborn babies from abortions. Fortunately, some saw their charges dropped after filing lawsuits.