An anti-abortion “activist” was found guilty of harassing the head of a Belfast clinic last month.
One of Ireland’s most prominent anti-abortion activists has been found guilty of harassing the head of Belfast’s Marie Stopes clinic.
A judge at the city’s magistrates court warned the Precious Life director Bernadette Smyth that she could face jail for her protests against the former Progressive Unionist party leader Dawn Purvis and the clinic.
The deputy district judge Chris Holmes said the campaign of harassment had been carried out “in a vicious and malicious fashion”.
Smyth was told she would have to pay compensation and would be barred from the area around the clinic on Great Victoria Street in Belfast.
The clinic has been picketed often since it opened two years ago.
In a scathing ruling, the judge said: “I want to make it absolutely clear that I do not feel it is appropriate for anyone to be stopped outside this clinic in any form, shape or fashion and questioned either as to their identity or why they are going in there and being forced to involve themselves in conversation at times when they are almost certainly going to be stressed and very possibly distressed.”
Well that’s the point, isn’t it – to make them feel worse and worse and worse.
Giving evidence in the case, Purvis said she was left frightened for her safety following two incidents.
During an exchange with protesters on 9 January this year, the clinic director said she had put her hand up and asked them to stop harassing her. Smyth was said to have replied in an exaggerated drawl: “You ain’t seen harassment yet, darling.”
Religion as hatred and malice. So pretty.
Smyth left court without making a comment, but her solicitor Aidan Carlin described the verdict as “a disappointment for Christians worldwide”.
For malicious shits, he means. I don’t believe all Christians are like his client.