Yesterday the Ontario government introduced the Bill to Create Safe Access to Abortion Services under the "Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose" banner.
So why do we need this legislation? Evidence shows we don't.
I received a report through freedom of information from the Ottawa Police that details all the police incidents at the Morgentaler abortion facility on Bank St for the period of January 1, 2014 to June 1, 2017.
There were a total of 64 police reports for this period most of which most were false alarms, cancelled calls, administrative issues, and other minor issues. In this three year, five month period, there were exactly two level 1 assaults (minor injury or no injury). It is unknown if the assaults were perpetrated against pro-life or against pro-choice people.
I witnessed pro-choice violence myself at our Life Chain on Sunday. A women jumped out of her car, ran over to people showing non graphic signs screaming at them, ripped one sign in half, threw two other signs on the ground, then ran across the street to scream and harass other pro-life people with her continued loud profanity laced speech. Maybe we need a bubble zone around us?
What the FOI report does tell us, is that clearly the Ottawa police are doing their job of responding to calls at the abortion facility. This the police's job. Are we to now put up bubble zones every time someone is yelled at, harassed, or has their sign ripped up?
In other words, exactly why is this new law even necessary? It isn't. This is just one more example of discriminating against pro-life people.