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‘Bubble zone’ law could end Ontario’s March for Life, bishop warns

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Canada, called into question Ontario’s new “bubble zone law,” which he said restricts the peaceful efforts of the pro-life movement.

“The bubble zone law could effectively kill the National March for Life held each May in Ottawa,” said Archbishop Prendergast in an Oct. 28 column for the Ottawa Sun.

“The law could also suppress the annual Life Chain as well as the 40 Days for Life events that have been a peaceful witness against abortion for years.”

The bubble zone – also known as a “buffer zone” – law was passed last week in Ontario. It restricts pro-life activists from protesting within 50-150 meter parameters established outside of abortion clinics, pharmacies, and doctor’s offices.

The abortion issue is far from settled in the minds of Canadians, Prendergast said, pointing to polls showing that most people in the country favor some restrictions on abortion.

“Some may disagree, but they do not have the natural right to silence an opposing view,” the archbishop emphasized. “All freedoms are threatened when the state mutes selected opinions about a pressing social and moral issue. You should be profoundly concerned about the disproportionate scope of this law, whether or not you support abortions.”

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