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Proposed safe access zones near abortion clinics respect right to protest, legal experts say

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 8:50 AM | By Amanda Jerome

Proposed legislation in Ontario to enforce safe access zones around abortion clinics and prohibit the harassment of clinic staff does not infringe on freedom of speech or a person’s right to protest, say legal experts in Toronto.

Sarah O'Connor, O’Connor Richardson Professional CorporationBill 163, Protecting a Woman's Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017, was introduced by Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi on Oct. 4. The bill would protect the safety of women and health care providers by establishing safe access zones around clinics and health...