Oct 16, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Legislation is being fast-tracked that would create safe zones around Ontario’s eight abortion clinics – with areas ranging from 50 to 150 metres around the facilities – where anti-abortion protests, advising someone not to get an abortion and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services – will be banned by law.
The bill has all-party support.
It became a political football earlier this month when the Liberals turned down a Progressive Conservative motion to pass it immediately – without debate or committee hearings.
The Tories accused the Liberals of playing wedge politics with the issue – as they suggested the government had hoped that drawing the issue out – would expose divisions within the PC party.
Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says it was always the Liberals’ intention to pass the legislation as quickly as possible – and once they heard the opposition parties supported it – he proposed an accelerated timeline – that could see the bill pass next Wednesday.