Linda Gibbons arrested outside Morgentaler abortion facility
TORONTO, Ontario, October 30, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Newly honored Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Linda Gibbons was arrested outside the “Morgentaler Clinic” abortion site on Hillsdale Avenue East in Toronto at about 10:45 a.m. this morning.
The arrest took place about 1 1/2 hours after Gibbons first appeared outside the facility with a placard reading, “Why, mom? When I have so much love to give.” She paced back and forth in front of the building during that time, occasionally attempting to pass out leaflets to passers-by and clients.
The Morgentaler facility is protected by a “bubble zone” law that prohibits pro-life activity in front of it.
At one point, a distraught-looking woman apparently bound for the facility paused across the street, embraced by a male companion. The man waved Gibbons away when she attempted to cross the street and engage the couple in a quiet discussion.
Eventually, a government of Ontario vehicle pulled up and two sheriff’s officials went into the abortion site to confer with staff. A Toronto police cruiser with two officers arrived as the sheriff’s officials exited the building. A sheriff read the text of a civil court injunction regarding the Morgentaler abortion site as Gibbons stood silently. Later, Gibbons engaged the sheriff in a brief discussion as two apparent employees of the abortion site, one in a white lab coat, stood nearby.
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Police removed the placard from Gibbons’s hands and her pamphlets were seized as she was turned around and handcuffed behind her back. Escorted toward the cruiser, she was then searched and placed in the back seat.
An employee of the Intercon Security firm, which apparently provides security services for the Morgentaler site, sat in a nearby vehicle, taking photographs of the scene and Gibbons’s supporters and even their vehicle licence plate numbers.
Although no word was immediately available on charges, it has been the practice of prosecutors to charge Gibbons with the criminal offence of “disobeying a court order,” even though the order was enacted in a civil court.
Gibbons had been free since last July 20, when she was acquitted on the same charge that had been laid the previous December 16. She had spent the seven months awaiting trial in prison.
Meanwhile, fellow Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Mary Wagner will be making a video appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice, 1000 Finch Avenue West in Toronto, November 8 at 10 a.m. as part of pretrial proceedings into charges of mischief and two counts of breaching probation laid after her arrest at the “Women’s Care Clinic” abortion site on Lawrence Avenue West this past August 15.
Both of the women are routinely arrested for seeking to peacefully counsel abortion-bound women to choose life.