MLAs share emotional stories as Nova Scotia considers abortion bubble zones
MLAs from all parties voiced their support for a bill that would restrict anti-abortion protests
Taryn Grant · CBC News
Posted: Mar 05, 2020
A bill aimed at restricting anti-abortion protests in Nova Scotia received wide support in the legislature Wednesday, with many members sharing heartfelt speeches in favour of a woman's right to access reproductive health care, free from harassment or intimidation.
"In my own life, this is a really resonant issue," said NDP MLA Claudia Chender, who tabled the bill Tuesday.
Abortion campaigners protest ‘restrictions’ in legislation
Hundreds march through Dublin and call for introduction of safe zones around facilities
Sep 28, 2019
Abortion rights activists marched through Dublin on Saturday to protest against the “restrictions” in the Ireland’s abortion legislation.
The theme of the 8th annual march, which was the first since Ireland legalised abortion in December last year, was “nobody left behind”.
Priest charged in abortion bubble-zone flap to mount 'free speech' defence
October 31, 2018
A Roman Catholic priest charged under Ontario’s new “bubble zone” law protecting abortion clinics is vowing to challenge the accusation as a violation of his constitutional right to freedom of expression.
Father Anthony Van Hee, 83, a fixture on Parliament Hill for his anti-abortion protests, moved his silent demonstration across the street from the Morgentaler Clinic, on Bank Street near Sparks, on Oct. 24.
Lawyers urge caution on Qld abortion laws
1:47pm Sep 12, 2018
Legal experts have warned parts of proposed laws to decriminalise abortion in Queensland could be found unconstitutional.
A state parliamentary committee conducted a public hearing in Brisbane on Wednesday, with a variety of stakeholders giving their views on the proposed laws.
Labor calls for activists to be exposed on abortion claims
August 23, 2018
Queensland’s Labor government is urging people to dob in anti-abortion activists who make dubious claims about its plan to legalise terminations on request for women up to 22 weeks’ pregnant.
The draft law, introduced into parliament yesterday, would also decriminalise abortion and create safe zones to prevent activists’ canvassing pregnant women within 150m of clinics.
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.
Expert Opinion: NSW Gov is enabling harassment. Abortion clinics need Safe Access Zones now.
Tomorrow, the NSW upper house will vote on the introduction to 'Safe Access Zones' to shield women from harassment outside abortion clinics.
May 23, 2018
By Adrianne Walters, Renee Carr
Every week, women in NSW face harassment and intimidation by anti-abortionists outside reproductive healthcare clinics.
Women are told they are murderers, forced to look at graphic images, and made to listen to misleading and medically inaccurate claims about the dire consequences that await them inside the abortion clinic.
Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’
Only one in six hospitals in Canada performs abortions and some provinces have no standalone abortion clinics at all. New Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to refuse to fund abortions at the province’s only clinic.
By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017
It’s 1979. A 20-year-old student misses her period.
“I was in my third year of university. I used oral contraceptives but I got pregnant,” the woman, now in her late 50s, said in a recent interview from Montreal. “I hadn’t finished my degree. I wasn’t ready for a family.”
She avoided the French-language Catholic hospital where she lived in Moncton, N.B., and instead booked an appointment with a gynecologist at the city’s English-language hospital.
Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/20/thirty-years-after-morgentaler-ruling-on-abortion-rights-canada-still-dealing-with-the-same-issues.html