Ontario, Canada

Pro-life groups in Canada’s largest province are promising to challenge a new law the provincial legislature just approved.

It bans practically any pro-life activity within 50 meters of an abortion facility … which could certainly have an adverse impact on 40 Days for Life. There are currently nine 40 Days for Life vigils in Ontario.

Among other things, the buffer zone bill prohibits advising a person not to get an abortion.

There is concern that the simple act of praying on the sidewalk could be punished by six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

According to Jim Hughes of Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition, “This law is the first step in silencing and criminalizing speech that is not the official opinion of the state.”

Please keep our Ontario campaigns in your prayers.

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With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.

  • Irene Michaud

    So what will happen now? Will the 40 Days for Life carry on? Can we maybe bypass this law by not carrying the signs but just silently lining the sidewalks in front of the abortion clinics….. just stand and pray? They couldn’t really arrest people for praying their Rosaries in front of abortion clinics?

    • marilyn morse

      If there are no signs and the group is led by a priest or minister, maybe the law protecting a minister/priest from interference in the exercise of his official functions would work