Hundreds protest in support of safe access to abortion clinics

leanne-parrish-along-with-many-pro-choice-supporters-met-a1On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered at the Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street to show their support for abortion rights. 

The protest came after those at the Morgentaler abortion clinic on Bank Street had accused authorities of doing little to stop anti-choice demonstrators from constantly harassing and intimidating clients and staff members. The clinic’s director of operations, Shayna Hodson, told the Citizen that incidents such as verbal harassment and being spat on had been happening for years.

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Watson & McKenney ask lawyers to offer options for protection at Ottawa abortion clinics

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Watson and Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney submitted an inquiry to the city clerk and solicitor during the meeting asking for “legally enforceable options” to protect people from harassment, which has been documented outside the Morgentaler abortion clinic on Bank Street.

While other jurisdictions have created restrictions, Watson said they have been driven by provinces or court applications.

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