Opinion: Safe-access zones at abortion clinics are constitutional
Updated: May 31, 2018
There’s been much misinformation in the debate over Bill 9, the proposed safe-access zone law to protect Alberta’s abortion clinics. Surprisingly, those who oppose the bill seem unaware that British Columbia has enforced a very similar law since 1995 and it’s been held to be constitutional.
Since the Alberta law was closely adapted from B.C.’s law, we can be confident it will also meet Charter scrutiny. In fact, based on the legal soundness of the B.C. law, similar laws have recently been passed in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, and Ontario. Alberta is simply following in their footsteps.
Alberta passes bill legislating 'safe zones' around abortion clinics
Bill sets 50-metre protester-free zones around stand-alone clinics in Edmonton and Calgary
Michelle Bellefontaine · CBC News
Posted: May 30, 2018
A bill setting a 50-metre protester-free zone around the province's two stand-alone abortion clinics passed Wednesday in the Alberta legislature.
The bill passed 45-1 without participation of members from the Official Opposition United Conservative Party.
Abortion clinic switch across border from Albury to Wodonga isn’t viable, doctor says
December 22 2017
THE doctor operating Albury’s abortion clinic says it would be unviable to transfer the practice to Wodonga to take advantage of Victoria’s safe access zone law.
The Englehardt Street clinic is subject to regular vigils by anti-abortionists and a bid this week by Albury’s deputy mayor Amanda Cohn to introduce a by-law stopping protests within 150 metres of the building was rejected 6-3 by her council.
Continued at source: http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5137770/abortion-clinic-switch-across-border-isnt-viable-doctor-says/