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Arrests at N. Carolina abortion clinic for violating order

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Posted at 7:28 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 19:28:36-04

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several protesters outside a North Carolina abortion clinic have been arrested for refusing to comply with the state’s stay-at-home order for the coronavirus.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said it happened on Saturday, when roughly 50 protesters gathered outside the Charlotte clinic.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s order prohibits mass gatherings of more than 10 people.

A dozen people received citations when they refused to disperse.

Eight of those people ultimately were arrested when they still refused to comply.

The charge is a low-grade misdemeanor, with no jail time for a first offense. Seven people were charged recently outside a Greensboro clinic for similar local order noncompliance.