If this woman tried to silently and peacefully hold this sign near an abortion clinic in Ontario, she would be arrested.
Last month, Ontario enacted a law that made it an offense, punishable by punitive fines and prison, to
- “attempt to advise or persuade” someone to refrain from having an abortion, or
- to “attempt to inform a person concerning issues related to abortion services”, or
- to “attempt to perform an act of disapproval [of abortion]” in any way,
if the attempt is made within 50m (or up to 150m) of an abortion clinic. ‘Access zones’ can also be created around hospitals and pharmacies by regulation, up to 150m in every direction.
People charged under this law cannot defend themselves by proving that the facts shared about abortion or alternatives to abortion are true or that people were relieved to learn about a pregnancy care center.