Two pro-life women have been arrested in New York City (NYC) for violating social distancing guidelines while protesting abortion on a public sidewalk.
Pro-life advocates Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes were arrested on May 30 outside of Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Center in Manhattan for allegedly violating NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s social distancing guidelines, according to Fox News.
“This is a clear statement of their bias now. It’s blatant now,” Beatty told Fox News. “It’s really truly biased against Christians, against pro-life abolitionists.”
In a 15-minute video recording of the incident, police officers can be seen telling Beatty and Chavannes that they were violating NYC’s social distancing guidelines and ordering them to disperse.
When they refused, the officers placed Beatty and Chavannes in handcuffs, put them in the back of police cruisers and then drove them to the police precinct to receive a court summons.
Following the death of George Floyd, massive protests erupted around the nation including in nearly every major city from Los Angeles to NYC. Protesters and rioters broke social distancing guidelines with impunity, but none have been arrested for doing so.
Many Americans could be forgiven for thinking that social distancing was over. Apparently social distancing still is in effect, but just for those protesting abortion, not alleged systemic racism
“We’re black women but we do not support Black Lives Matter because they’re hand-in-hand with Planned Parenthood that kills African American babies,” Beatty also told Fox News. “I believe all lives matter because God created them. 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.”
According to Live Action News, the two women have a court date on September 25.
This is not the first instance of unequal treatment during the COVID-19 quarantine. The Daily Citizen reported on April 6 that David Benham was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina for violating the state’s stay-at-home order while protesting abortion on public property, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics stayed open for business.
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