Facilities providing abortion services in Ontario will now be surrounded by a no-protest zone, intended to allow those who use them and those who provide services to enter and exit without interference or harassment.
The Safe Access to Abortion Services Act will come into effect on Feb. 1, banning anti-abortion protests within at least 50 metres of facilities providing abortion services. The buffer zone would begin at the boundaries of the property.
The law, which was passed Oct. 25, 2017, would prohibit advising a person to refrain from accessing abortion services, abortion-related protests and any activities that intimidate or physically interfere with those accessing services. There is an anti-harassment provision in the legislation that allows staff of abortion services providers to have a safe access zone of up to 150 metres around their homes, anywhere in Ontario.