"SAFE ZONES" TO BE CREATED AROUND ONTARIO ABORTION CLINICS

Oct 16, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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