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Don't Take Away Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly

Background on the Issue
On May 29, 2017, MPP Yasir Naqvi, the previous Attorney General of Ontario, announced that he would table a bill in the fall to transform public sidewalks into “No Free Speech Zones” outside every abortion facility in the province. The bill was passed in October later that year, and has been put into force since February 1, 2018.

These bubble zones within which pro-life speech and expression are banned, prevent pro-lifers from demonstrating or counselling within a certain radius of an abortion facility where children are killed by abortion. That includes hospitals and clinics where abortions are committed, and pharmacies are now able to apply as well. These bubble zones are expected to resemble British Columbia's and Newfoundland and Labrador’s, which have bubble zone laws “not exceeding 50 metres” around abortion facilities.

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Say NO to Bubble Zones
Dear Member of Provincial Parliament [Recipient's name will be automatically inserted],

It looks like ‘no free speech zones’ have come into public property across Ontario. I plead that you and your fellow Members of Provincial Parliament organize to withdraw them.

Bubble zones were proposed by previous Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, and have come into place February 1, 2018, in order to censor pro-life expression on public sidewalks within the vicinity of abortion facilities. Such bubble zones do not provide a fair ‘balance’ between the constitutional rights of pro-life Canadians to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, versus the desire by some people to not have to be exposed to points of view that differ from their own.

It certainly is the case that abortion facility staff, and some women entering the facility, may wish to never be exposed to an opinion that opposes abortion. It may even be that some of them perceive “not being offended” as a “right”. However, not being offended by views different from your own is not a genuine right – it’s a counterfeit right.

Therefore, turning public property into ‘no free speech zones’ amounts to a strike by the Liberals to supplant a genuine human right (free speech/assembly) with a fake right (not being offended).

This represents an attempt to silence debate on a controversial issue that is not at all settled in society, and, which is in the public interest to debate.

The fact is, so long as no one is engaged in illegal activity, pro-lifers should be allowed to demonstrate, or pray, or offer literature on public property— including the public sidewalk in front of abortion facilities. If a woman’s conscience is bothered, it is because she knows that abortion—the killing of innocent human beings—is wrong. MPP [Recipient's surname will be automatically inserted], let's be honest with each other - we both know there is no such thing as a “right” to not be bothered by one’s conscience.

Don’t continue to support this unconstitutional legislation. Pro-life demonstrators have a right to express their beliefs in public, so long as they do so peacefully.

[Recipient's name will be automatically inserted], I’m asking you to be a leader and to oppose the law in place which supports ‘no free speech bubble zones’ in Ontario. Please stand up for genuine human rights.
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