Pro-life Activist, 81, Persecuted in U.K. as Liberty Wanes

By:  Alex Newman
12/21/2012
       
Pro-life Activist, 81, Persecuted in U.K. as Liberty Wanes

Long-time pro-life campaigner Edward Atkinson, 81, was handed a three-month suspended jail sentence for his activism against abortion in September, and it was not the first time he has been prosecuted and even jailed for his work defending the unborn. In fact, Atkinson has been in prison more than a dozen times for his efforts over the years, and while he remains undeterred, the persecution is part of a broader assault by U.K. authorities on freedom of speech and religious liberty that is coming under increasing international scrutiny.  

Long-time pro-life campaigner Edward Atkinson, 81, was handed a three-month suspended jail sentence for his activism against abortion in September, and it was not the first time he has been prosecuted and even jailed for his work defending the unborn. In fact, Atkinson has been in prison more than a dozen times for his efforts over the years, and while he remains undeterred, the persecution is part of a broader assault by U.K. authorities on freedom of speech and religious liberty that is coming under increasing international scrutiny.

Atkinson’s most recent supposed “crime” involved violating a so-called “anti-social behavior order” (ASBO) by sending a letter with pictures of aborted children to a government official in charge of the Queen Elizabeth hospital. "I was trying to tell her about the abortion holocaust, all the murdered babies, but she couldn't face the truth apparently, so she went to the police and got me arrested," the soft-spoken pensioner told The New American in a recent interview.

In 2006, Atkinson was prosecuted under the "malicious communications act," handed a massive fine, sentenced to prison, and slapped with the ASBO, he explained. According to U.K. news reports, the hospital staffer who opened the letter was “distressed” by the images inside. “I suspected that they were murdering babies in there but I wasn’t sure, now I know they’ve been murdering several babies per day in there,” he said, pointing out that the troubled consciences of hospital staffers were a good sign that they recognize evil when they see it.

“Something like 500 babies a day are murdered every single day in this country,” Atkinson exclaimed.

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