Canadian judge bars graphic antiabortion bus ads — to prevent an ‘uncomfortable environment’

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Washington Post
January 11, 2017

As graphic antiabortion ads go, the sign was fairly tame. The problem was the location.

Although the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) believes gruesome images of aborted fetuses can jar people into becoming abortion opponents, the organization's ad campaign in Grande Prairie, Alberta, had no blood or gore.

But the CCBR wanted to post the ads on buses in the Canadian city. That meant anyone glancing at a passing bus would see pictures of fetuses along with a phrase: “ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN.”

City officials rejected the ad, launching a two-year court battle that pitted the CCBR's right to freedom of expression against the city's authority to decide what's inappropriate to paste on the side of a municipal bus.

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Source: Washington Post