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TORONTO, Oct 27 (LSN) – A massive pro-life demonstration took place in Ontario over the weekend with most MPPs’ offices being picketed for the release of Linda Gibbons and Anneliese Stedan, two pro-life prisoners of conscience. Hundreds of pro-lifers were mobilized across the province on Saturday morning from 11am till noon to raise public awareness about the fact that the Conservative government is keeping alive restrictions on free speech and peaceful demonstration initiated by the former NDP government.  The New Democrats launched a civil suit against 18 pro-life activists in 1994. A temporary injunction was also put in place preventing peaceful protests at several sites, including certain hospitals where abortions were being performed and three abortuaries in downtown Toronto. Linda Gibbons and Anneliese Steden, both grandmothers, were arrested after violating the injunction outside one of the abortuaries to protest peacefully and to counsel pregnant women to keep their babies. Mrs. Gibbons has saved many lives with her practice of loving sidewalk counselling.  The Tory government could drop the NDP-sponsored case against the pro-life movement but thus far it has chosen not to do so. In the meantime the Ministry of the Attorney-General reports that it is continuing to work with the intent of making the injunction permanent.

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