Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jim Watson's biased submission to the attorney general for Ontario abortion bubble zones

In October 2017 I sent a freedom of information request to the Attorney General of Ontario, Yasir Naqvi.

This is what I asked for:
“Information the ministry possess about the need for abortion bubble zones.”
Six months and $552.50 later, I received some information. (There was a lot of redacting based on the large gaps between page numbers.)

In the package was Jim Watson's request to the AG for an abortion bubble zone. And his so-called analysis of its need.

Conspicuously missing from Watson's request, was the police report I obtained from the Ottawa police that revealed that there were no charges and no arrests at the Morgentaler facility in Ottawa in a three and a half year period, information that would not support the need for an abortion bubble zone.

Also missing from Watson's request, was abortion doctor Wendy Norman's own 2012 study on Canadian facilities that shows how little harassment is actually happening at abortion sites:
"Facilities reported very little harassment (Table 4). No Canadian facility reported a resignation of an abortion provider–physician or any staff member owing to harassment. Only a single facility reported any resignation of an allied health professional staff member, and in this case the facility specified that the one resignation was not owing to violence, fear, or threats. Similarly, two-thirds of reporting facilities (49 of 74, 66.2%) indicated no episodes of harassment or violence in 2012, with a further 28.4% (21 of 74) reporting solely picketing without interference. Among 7 facilities reporting “other” episodes of harassment, half specified only receipt of harassing e-mail."
Once again this information would not support the need for an abortion bubble zone.

What Watson did include in his submission, was a 2010 report done by the extremist abortion lobby group Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada headed up by the radical pro-abortion Joyce Arthur.

Who could have predicted that?

Watson even went so far as to cut and paste Arthur's "benefits" of an abortion bubble zone in his report:
• Protecting the safety and privacy of providers, staff, and patients
• Protecting the right to access healthcare services
• Protecting women’s health by reducing the risk of complications
• Protecting the clinic and property from destruction and vandalism
• Fostering community peace by reducing neighbourhood nuisance and noise
• Reducing traffic problems, hazards, and accident risk
• Potentially reducing anti-choice violence and harassment
• Potentially lowering the levels and impact of anti-choice activism in general

Jim Watson and his tax paid civil servant lawyers want to "lower the levels and impact of [pro-life] activism in general". How is that for staying non-partisan from the mayor of Ottawa and his bureaucrats?

Then in both Watson's analysis and conclusion, he again refers to his pro-abortion mentor.

Watson includes a report from a radical pro-abortion group to support the results he wants, then purposely excludes two objective reports that would not support an abortion bubble zone.

Voila. Abortion bubble zone. As you wish Mr. Mayor.


  1. Thank you for your research and diligence on this file Pat. I always try to imagine what would happen if an agenda driven Pro-life mayor ever tried to pull a stunt like this and then have an agenda driven Pro-life provincial government toady up and protect freedom of speech. Imagine is about all we can do until we decide it has been enough and elect those who will do our bidding. First step is to defeat this pro-abortion mayor and this pro abortion provincial government.

  2. I'd like to know why it appears that Joyce Arthur has so much pull with Government officials on all levels and some union's too for that matter. It almost seems like she has something on them or some of them and they all tow the line and bend over because of it - or else.It is surely something. And it has been going on for some time too. It makes me think back on that sex worker/dominatrix woman Terri-Jean Bedford back in 2013 who pretty much threatened to release the list of names of MP's/government officials,higher ups etc.. who have seeked and or obtained services if she didn't win or get her own way. I suspect with Arthur being connected to FIRST which is a national sex worker advocacy organization - that they might know each other. I have yet to find any substantial credentials that are concrete other than she writes and has written alot - that can back and warrant the power Arthur has been given over the years over those in higher places.Thoughts to ponder.