By Mark Ellis —
Two prolife protesters standing on a sidewalk in front of the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood facility in Manhattan were arrested by police for violating social distancing guidelines.
Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes, co-founders of At the Well Ministries, were handcuffed and taken away in a police cruiser. The two African Americans had been praying and talking with women entering the building; they had not blocked the entrance.
According to LiveActionNews, police told Beatty and Chavannes they had to leave because they were violating COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, in place through executive orders from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
During the lockdowns of businesses throughout the city due to the health crisis, abortion was said to be an “essential business.”
Their arrest came after two days of huge protests in New York City directed against the police killing of George Floyd. During the protests, police looked the other way and did not arrest people looting and setting fires to businesses.
Beatty complained that she was standing up for babies and women while looters were getting away with stealing. She said the church needs to “wake up” and take a stand for life in the womb, according to Live Action News.
“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 told Fox News. “They’re fraudulent hypocrites… and 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.”
Beatty said they try to witness to the women entering the clinic, because they “need help just as well as the babies.” She believes authorities are using the virus as an excuse to trample on their first amendment rights.
“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?”
The women have an appointed court date of September 25th.