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Priest Charged for Praying for Free Speech in U.K. Abortion Facility ‘Buffer Zone’

Father Sean Gough, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, faced criminal charges for praying for free speech outside an abortion clinic after business hours in violation of a strict buffer zone law in the English city of Birmingham. “I pray wherever I go, inside my head, for the people around me. How can it be a crime for a priest to pray?” he said in a Feb. 9, 2023, statement from the ADF UK legal group.

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped the charges against the priest but said the charges could be reinstated.