Monday May 31, 2010
Linda Gibbons Now Serving Indeterminate Sentence for Life: June 2 Protest
by Theresa Casta
TORONTO, Ontario, May 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life prisoner of conscience and grandmother, Linda Gibbons, has served nearly 500 consecutive days in prison during the latest of her many lengthy imprisonments of the past fifteen years. Arrested for peaceful attempts to speak to women considering abortion in front of Toronto’s Scott abortion facility, her next court date is set for June 2nd. Gibbons’ biographer Gordon Truscott is organizing a peaceful protest Wednesday to show support for Linda outside the court house where her case will be heard.
Rather than confronting women entering the facility, Linda tries to talk to them on the sidewalk. But the abortion centre’s employees have repeatedly called police to remove her – in order to protect their “economic interests,” says Truscott – causing Linda to spend more than a total of seven years in prison since September 1994. (see Linda’s earlier arrest history)
Truscott told LifeSiteNews that Linda, who herself has had an abortion, is trying to help other women and save them from the pain and regret she has experienced. She has been arrested many times for violating the so-called “temporary” injunction of 1994 which has given Ontario abortion facilities an extraordinary 60-foot protestor-free zone for the past 16 years. Gibbons has also been accused of disturbing the peace and obstructing a peace officer.
Canada’s most often imprisoned pro-life sidewalk counsellor is currently being incarcerated for an indeterminate length of time, as opposed to her more common six month terms.
Truscott visited Linda on May 25, 2010. “She wants to go and visit her elderly mother,” he said, “but because of the delayed court date is prevented from doing so.” Truscott is worried that the strain of prison has taken a considerable toll on Linda. He discovered that Linda’s health had been neglected; she had a cold for three months before seeing a doctor.
Truscott is organizing the protest to “expose this flagrant breach of justice” and hopefully ensure a date for Linda’s release. The demonstration will be an all-day event, not to protest abortion, says Truscott, “but to pray peacefully for the protection of all such innocent people subject to injustice by the state.”
Truscott is encouraging signs with wordings such as “Let Grandma Go Free”, “Grandma Wrongly Charged”, “Grandma Denied Justice”, “We Love Grandma”, “Why Hurt Grandma?” and “Attorney General Should Resign.”
The protest will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd at 8 a.m. at Yonge and College streets in downtown Toronto.
To contact Gordon Truscott
For numerous past LifeSiteNews reports on Linda Gibbons see: