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A Canadian Province Could Ban Some Anti-Abortion Protests

A Canadian Province Could Ban Some Anti-Abortion Protests
From TIME - October 5, 2017

Canadas most populous province has introduced legislation that would limit anti-abortion protests by creating safe access zones around abortion clinics, homes of doctors and staff, and pharmacies and hospitals that offer abortion services.

If the bill passes, Ontario activists opposed to abortion would not be allowed to protest within at least 50 meters (164 feet) of an abortion clinic or within 150 meters (nearly 500 feet) of clinic staff homes, according to the Toronto Star.

Ontarios eight abortion clinics would automatically receive the buffer zone, and other locations such as pharmacies, hospitals or health centers like Planned Parenthood would have to apply. All these places could also apply to extend their zones to 150 meters.

The law would also prevent protesters from harassing doctors or clinic staff at any time, whether they are at work or not, according to the Star.

Protesters who violate the law would face a $4,000 fine and/or six months in jail for a first offense, and up to $8,000 and a year in jail for further offenses.

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