Linda Gibbons arrested outside Morgentaler abortion site 6/11/2013

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TORONTO, June 12, 2013 ( – Linda Gibbons, who has spent years in jail for peacefully protesting Toronto abortion clinic “bubble zone” laws, was arrested outside the “Morgentaler Clinic” abortion site in Toronto around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The arrest took place some two and a half hours after she appeared there to begin pacing back and forth on a sidewalk with her usual placard reading, “Why mom? When I have so much love to give.”

Her lawyer, Daniel Santoro, said she was to appear in court this morning for a bail hearing and added he will be representing her in subsequent court appearances. It has been Gibbons’s practice to decline bail because conditions are added that require her to stay away from abortion sites pending trial.

There was no immediate word on what charges will be laid; however, it has been prosecutors’ custom in such circumstances to charge her with “disobeying a court order” and, at times, with breaching probation orders. The Morgentaler site on Hillsdale Avenue East is protected by a court injunction banning a wide range of pro-life activities within certain distances of the building.

Gibbons has been free since being released from jail this past March 14, when she was sentenced to time served plus one day for a similar demonstration outside the Morgentaler site last October 30. Santoro had said he was planning an appeal of that verdict on the grounds that the injunction protecting the Morgentaler site did not apply to Gibbons (as she was not named in the injunction and did not consent to it) and that her peaceful conduct did not constitute a breach of the injunction’s measures, which include prohibitions on creating a nuisance, injuring the plaintiffs or their “business,” watching, besetting, secondary picketing and intimidation.

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