The Nov 24 news item on Mary Wagner erroneously stated that the BC Access to Abortion Act prohibits all pro-life activity “including silent prayer” within 50 metres of an abortion clinic. While it is true that pro-life picketing and free speech are forbidden within the Bubble Zone, silent prayer is still allowed.
In fact, several members of a prayer group that meets outside Everywoman’s abortuary every Friday morning regularly pray silently inside the Bubble Zone.
Although the abortuary staff is deeply troubled by this presence, the prayer group has been reassured by the police that its activity does not fall under the provisions of the Bubble Zone law.
Silent prayer and everything that might be construed as pro-life activity is apparently prohibited by the Ontario injunction.