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Don't Take Away Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly

Background on the Issue
On May 29, 2017, MPP Yasir Naqvi, the previous Attorney General of Ontario, announced that he would table a bill in the fall to transform public sidewalks into “No Free Speech Zones” outside every abortion facility in the province. The bill was passed in October later that year, and has been put into force since February 1, 2018.

These bubble zones within which pro-life speech and expression are banned, prevent pro-lifers from demonstrating or counselling within a certain radius of an abortion facility where children are killed by abortion. That includes hospitals and clinics where abortions are committed, and pharmacies are now able to apply as well. These bubble zones are expected to resemble British Columbia's and Newfoundland and Labrador’s, which have bubble zone laws “not exceeding 50 metres” around abortion facilities.

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Women Are Helped By Sidewalk Counsellors—Not Hindered
Dear [Recipient's name will be automatically inserted], MPP:

In case you are not yet aware, the piece of legislation put forward by MPP Yasir Naqvi, which bans pro-life expression in the vicinity of abortion facilities and hospitals which offer abortions, has been put into force since February 1, 2018.

Sidewalk counselors are being falsely painted by the media, and some politicians, as a danger to the safety of pregnant women seeking abortions. While certainly not every woman takes sidewalk counselors up on their offer to provide information about non-abortion alternatives, there are many who do. They get connected to crisis pregnancy centres, maternity homes, adoption agencies, or post-abortive counselling. And many of these woman are immensely grateful—their child’s life ends up saved, they are spared the emotional consequences of abortion, or they receive the appropriate services to deal with the consequences.

Sidewalk counselors provide women with relevant and important options and information that they may not otherwise get. If a woman is determined to get an abortion, she may get annoyed or upset at a sidewalk counselor who offers to speak with her, but this should not be considered a legitimate reason to deny pro-life people the right to assemble peacefully or to exercise their right to free expression on the taxpayer-owned sidewalk. Besides the civil rights issue at stake, pro-lifers often help women who have been coerced to abort, and aren't there of their own free will.

As a constituent of [Recipient's riding name will be automatically inserted], I would like you, [Recipient's first name will be automatically inserted], as my local M.P.P, to fight for the constitutional right of pro-lifers to witness and to express their views on the public sidewalk, and to continue doing their their lifesaving work. Please combat to withdraw the bubble zone law.
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