(H/T – OpinionJournal’s Best of the Web)
The Times (of London) columnist Mick Jones reports the saga of one Edward Atkinson…
It is bad enough that you can be refused medical treatment on the NHS for eating, drinking or smoking too much. Now it seems that you can be denied an operation for protesting too much in support of your religious or political beliefs.
Edward Atkinson, a 75-year-old anti-abortion activist, was jailed recently for 28 days for sending photographs of aborted foetuses to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. That draconian sentence was not deemed punishment enough: the hospital has banned Mr Atkinson from receiving the hip replacement operation he was expecting.
Just as a reminder, Queen Elizabeth Hospital is owned and operated by the British government.