Ontario, Canada government bans pro-life sidewalk counselors

Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau
Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau

My friend Mary from Marin tweeted this, and I thought it was worth sharing. Imagine you were a pro-life taxpayer in Ontario, and you donated money to the provincial conservatives. Then you read this story, reported by Life Site News.

Excerpt:

Ontario’s legislators passed a bill criminalizing pro-life speech and expression outside abortion clinics today by a vote of 86-1.

MPP Jack MacLaren, a member of the Trillium Party, cast the sole dissenting vote.

PC Conservative MPPs Sam Oosterhoff, Monte McNaughton and Rick Nicholls were not in the House for the vote.

The far-reaching Bill 163 automatically outlaws all pro-life activity — including sidewalk counselling and showing “disapproval” of abortion — within 50 meters of Ontario’s eight abortion centers, a distance that can be increased to 150 meters on request.

Bill 163 also allows hospitals, pharmacies, and healthcare facilities that do abortions, including providing the abortion pill — to apply for “bubble zones” banning all pro-life activity of up to 150 meters.

Individuals convicted of breaching Bill 163 face a fine of up to $5,000 and jail sentence of up to six months, which increases to a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail sentence of up to one year for a second and subsequent conviction.

Campaign Life Coalition blasted the Ontario MPPs for passing the bill.

“This law, which was drafted by Planned Parenthood and their allies in the abortion business, using feeling-based anecdotes and hearsays, lacked any real evidence that backed their claims of the war-like atmosphere outside abortion facilities,” said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition.

“This law is the first step in silencing and criminalizing speech that is not the official opinion of the state. The whole process of fast-tracking this bill, and slandering pro-life people throughout, was a shame.”

With help from the “conservatives”, who ask pro-lifers for donations:

Liberal Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the bill on October 4. PC Party leader Patrick Brown declared the same day that he was pro-abortion and supported the bill, and PC MPP Lisa MacLeod introduced a motion the next day to expedite the bill.

There was NO EVIDENCE of any wrongdoing:

But pro-life blogger Patricia Maloney obtained through a freedom of information request a record of Ottawa police attendance at the Morgentaler abortion center from January 2014 to June 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,” Maloney wrote.

“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.”

Maloney spoke with Constable Chuck Benoit at the Ottawa Police Service who confirmed the two “level 1” assaults in that period, on October 25, 2016, and May 28, 2017.

“All the other incidents were run of the mill police work,” she wrote.

“I was told that neither of these assaults resulted in injuries, and no one was charged with anything. So why do we need this bubble zone? Why did Jim Watson initiate this law?” Maloney noted.

“Because he doesn’t like pro-life people. He prefers to treat us like second class citizens. If we try and discuss pro-life concerns with him, either by email or in person, his disgust for us is clear.”

In Ontario, pro-lifers are good enough to pay taxpayers for the salaries of fascists, but not good enough to have free speech. There is no free speech in Canada – and now disapproval of atheistic morality gets you fines and jail time. That’s how far intolerance of dissent has gone in one of the most socialist areas in the world. In the beginning, religious people voted for big government to get the free health care. Now, they are reaping what they sowed.

Canadian Christians  loved to boast about how much more compassionate they are than those crazy American Christians, with their guns and their private health care. Well, enjoy your socialism. It turns out that it’s very hard to keep your religious liberty when a big government is controlling the commanding heights of the culture.

3 thoughts on “Ontario, Canada government bans pro-life sidewalk counselors”

  1. Massachusetts, which arguably nobody in the United States is that pro-Evangelical (it’s very secular and has a high nominal Catholic population) had its 2007 law struck down by unanimously by the Supreme Court in June 2014 (McCullen vs. Coakley), and then implemented their own “buffer zone” bill which was adopted in July 2014:

    References:
    https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf (McCullen et al vs. Coakley)
    https://www.oyez.org/cases/2013/12-1168 (McCullen v. Coakley decision, 9-0)
    http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mccullen-v-coakley/ (Summary and links)
    https://www.boston.com/culture/health/2014/07/30/gov-patrick-signs-mass-abortion-buffer-zone-bill
    (The actual bill for Massachusetts): https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/S2281/Amendments/Senate

    The buffer zone is only 25 feet — and in contrast, Ontario’s is 50 meters, which is over 6 times as distant!

    Look. When the US Supreme Court is unanimous with a particular decision, one should pay attention. It’s very rare.

    It’s also a big difference between individual responsibility vs. corporate responsibility vs. government responsibility. I know many Christians might be confused on these topics, so it’s sometimes helpful to look in specific circumstances:

    If I as an individual withhold money that is not mine, it is called theft.
    However, the government can withhold money in anticipation of taxes (or garnish wages and so on).

    I can directly give money to individuals or to organizations.
    The organizations I give money to can also give money to individuals or to organizations.
    The government can also give money, that they obtained through taxation, to individuals (with caveats) and to organizations that they deem they want to give to.

    Why would I not want to choose where my money goes?!?!

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