Ottawa Police apprehend an anti-abortion protestor around 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 within the 50-metre "bubble zone" protecting the Morgentaler clinic on Bank Street. Photo by Cora Hansen, Centretown News

Second arrest made inside downtown abortion clinic “bubble zone”

By Cora Hansen
For the second time this week, a man has been arrested outside the Morgentaler clinic on Bank Street and charged with violating a new law that bans protests within a 50-metre radius of any provider of abortion services in Ontario.
The man, who was holding a handmade sign with the slogan “God Save Canada’s Charter of Rights”, was bundled into a police car by Ottawa Police at about 2 p.m. on Friday.
The man was adamant when the arrest was made that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protected his right to protest outside of the clinic. 
After a similar incident on Wednesday, police laid five charges against a man under the so-called “bubble zone” law, which came into effect on Feb. 1.
Penalties for a first offence include fines as high as $5,000. Penalties for a second offence include fines between $1,000 and $10,000, and the possibility of imprisonment for up to a year.
At least one onlooker supported the police action.
A man who identified himself only as Ron clapped as the protestor was ushered into a police vehicle.
“I’ve been here for about a year,” said Ron, “and he’s been a nuisance with his vile signs.”
Just moments before the arrest on Friday, long-time anti-abortion activist Cyril Winter told Centretown News in an interview that he objected to the new law around abortion clinics and stated that he would continue to protest.