Canadian Pro-Life Activist Jailed for Seven Months for Protesting Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 13, 2013   |   4:17PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Canadian pro-life activist Linda Gibbons was given the maximum sentence, six months and 29 days, for protesting abortion inside a no protest zone.

Canadian pro-life blogger Andrea Mrozek has more on the situation:

Linda Gibbons was sentenced yesterday. (Linda protests inside injunction zones around particular abortion clinics in Toronto.)

It appears the judge sentenced her more harshly based on a personal bias against her:

She has indicated no remorse to the court,” Bhabha said angrily. “She believes in the rightness of her cause … (but) abortions are legal. Miss Gibbons does not appreciate that it’s a legal right.”

Of course she’s not remorseful. And of course she doesn’t appreciate that it is a “legal right.”

The bubble zone laws, protecting a couple of clinics in Toronto from peaceful protestors and sidewalk counselors are unjust, and I’m grateful to Linda Gibbons for being willing to go to jail for this.

Last year, Gibbons was awarded the Mother Teresa Pro-Life Award just days before her arrest for peacefully protesting outside a Toronto abortion facility.

LifeCanada presented Gibbons with the award at the National Pro-Life Conference banquet in Toronto on October 26th in recognition of her significant contribution to the pro-life movement in Canada including her multiple arrests and imprisonment. The Award was the second recent public acknowledgement of Gibbons’ pro-life efforts. She received the Governor General of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Maurice Vellacott in recognition of her “contribution to Canada”.

Monica Roddis, outgoing president of LifeCanada, presented the Mother Teresa Pro-Life Award to Gibbons and noted that Gibbons has been a sidewalk counselor outside of an abortion facility for many years. She has done this despite a so-called “temporary injunction” which has been in place for 18 years, attempting to ban her from doing this work. She has been arrested 20 times and has spent a cumulative amount of nine years in prison. Gibbons has said, “I have a moral responsibility not to obey an unjust law.” Roddis also noted that even when Gibbons was removed from her work on the sidewalks, she still ministered to women and led Bible studies while in jail.

Roddis quoted Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, “Nothing we do to defend the human person, no matter how small, is ever unfruitful or forgotten. Our actions touch other lives and move other hearts in ways we can never fully understand in this world. Don’t ever underestimate the beauty and power of the witness you give in your pro-life work.”

In receiving this award, Gibbons addressed the 200+ crowd saying, “I stand before you as one person who has chosen a certain walk.” She spoke of perseverance and the difficulty that the pro-life movement can face. “Pro-life can be very difficult and challenging, demanding that we give that little bit more and go that extra mile because we want to show that our love is genuine.”