Bubble Zone Law Upheld in British Columbia
September 8, 2008
Last week, the British Columbia Court of Appeal rejected an appeal by two anti-abortion protesters who argued that a “bubble zone” around reproductive health care clinics violated their right to freedom of expression. The complainants challenged British Columbia’s Access to Abortion Services Act, which prohibits protestors from coming within 50 meters of reproductive health care facilities.
“This means that women will be able to access a medical procedure in a private, dignified and respectful manner, and that staff members will be able to go to work without being harassed on a regular basis,” NAF member Jill Doctoroff, director of the Elizabeth Bagshaw Women’s Clinic, said Thursday at a news conference in Vancouver.