On Friday, February 24, activists affiliated with Pro-Life San Francisco and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were arrested following a gathering at an outdoor plaza on the campus of Zuckerberg San Francisco General, a hospital which commits abortions and trains abortionists in affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
According to a press release from Pro-Life San Francisco, the purpose of the peaceful gathering, which took place on public property, was to “hand out literature, display signs, make speeches, and engage in street theater to increase public awareness of unethical activity and the likelihood of crimes taking place on the 6th floor of the hospital.” The sixth floor is where abortions are committed and where fetal tissues are harvested for experimentation purposes.
The gathering was quickly interrupted by uniformed sheriff’s deputies, who declared the gathering an unlawful assembly. Within half an hour of their arrival, two of the activists – Tim Clement, Outreach Director of Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, and Anastasia Rogers, a San Francisco resident and animal-rights activist – were arrested under California Penal Code § 602.1(b), which states:
Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business carried on by the employees of a public agency open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business, or those persons there to transact business with the public agency, and who refuses to leave the premises of the public agency after being requested to leave by the office manager or a supervisor of the public agency, or by a peace officer acting at the request of the office manager or a supervisor of the public agency, is guilty of a misdemeanor…
According to spokespeople for Pro-Life San Francisco, the activists were not “intentionally interfer[ing]” with, “obstructing,” or “intimidating” anyone attempting to conduct business with the hospital.
@prolifesf BREAKING: Pro-life activists arrested for passing out flyers on public property. UCSF Zuckerberg hospital in San Francisco is abortion children up to 6 months old and using their organs for HORRIFIC research projects. While handing out flyers about it today, 2 activists were unlawfully arrested. Visit prolifesf.com/ucsf to learn more! #ucsf #sanfranciso #actvist #activism #fyp ♬ Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Following his release, Clement stated:
We were arrested because of our pro-life message. UCSF and the administration at Zuckerberg don’t like being exposed for their Frankenstein-ish plots targeting unborn babies before abortions take place and harvesting their organs afterward to use in unethical research. … We were in a public area — not blocking customers from entering, walking past, or leaving — and we did not enter or obstruct the facility. We did nothing to break the law. Sharing information with the public is not a crime. It is a sad commentary on our society that the government puts law-abiding citizens in cuffs just because someone doesn’t want a message to be heard.
UCSF continues to exploit human mothers, their preborn children, and non-human animals in order to perform senselessly cruel experiments… UCSF continues to send police after nonviolent activists who have tried everything to get this to end. The arrests of myself and Tim are just two more on a long list of arrests used as an attempt to silence human rights activism and free speech on the UCSF campus. We will not be silenced by unlawful arrests and will continue to demand fetal organ harvesting to come to an end.
Clement and Rogers were later released without being cited.
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