Ontario NDP Calls on Province’s Ford Government to Approve Safe Zones at Abortion Clinics

‘The revelation about the Ford Conservatives ignoring requests for safe zones comes just weeks after PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff stood on the front lawn of Queen’s Park and vowed to make abortion “unthinkable in our lifetime.” Doug Ford refused to condemn Oosterhoff’s comments.’

A News Release from Ontario’s NDP and Official Opposition Party

Posted May 28th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s recent declaration at an anti-abortion rally at Queen’s Park to make abortion “unthinkable in our lifetime” has raised questions among women about the future of their reproductive rights in Ontario. This in the backdrop of several U.S. states moving to make abortion all but totally illegal.

QUEEN’S PARK — Suze Morrison, Ontario NDP critic for Women’s Issues, is calling on Doug Ford’s Conservatives to approve applications for safe zones at abortion clinics without delay.

According to a news report, the Ford Conservatives have ignored a dozen requests from health facilities to establish safe zones. This flies in the face of legislation that introduced this right in order to protect women seeking abortions from harassment by anti-choice protestors.

“Women seeking abortion services should not be made to feel unsafe,” said Morrison. “That’s why it’s so important to respect the legislation that allows for safe zones — so women are not subjected to harassment and intimidation by anti-choice protestors.“While the debate over abortion was long-ago settled, women have a right to be worried about the Ford government’s commitment to ensuring they can continue to access abortion services, and access them safely. Doug Ford is dragging Ontario backwards by ignoring requests to establish safe zones at abortion clinics and by failing to condemn anti-choice comments from his own MPP.”

The revelation about the Ford Conservatives ignoring requests for safe zones comes just weeks after PC MPP Sam Oosterhoff stood on the front lawn of Queen’s Park and vowed to make abortion “unthinkable in our lifetime.” Doug Ford refused to condemn Oosterhoff’s comments.

“Women in Ontario deserve better than to see their premier sit idly by as his own MPP attacks abortion rights,” said Morrison. “We should be doing everything in our power to protect women’s hard-earned rights, not shrugging off those who seek to dismantle them.”

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