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Anti-abortion ads banned from Canadian city’s buses

January 12, 2017

A judge in Grand Prairie, Alberta, has prohibited anti-abortion ads from appearing on the city’s buses.

The ads, which were commissioned by the Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CCBR) are branded with pictures of fetuses and phrases like “ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN,” reports The Washington Post.

Though the ads are not particularly graphic, city officials sought to prohibit them from appearing on the sides of buses. This in turn prompted a two-year court battle, in which CCBR claimed that their freedom of expression was being curtailed.

Last month, an appeals court judge ruled in favor of the city, citing the “hostile and uncomfortable environment” that the ads create.

Court of the Queen’s Bench Justice C.S. Anderson also wrote in her ruling that the ad campaign “contains commentary such as ‘Now is the time to put an end to the slaughter. Now is the time to look evil in the face and say, enough.’ These are strong statements that vilify women who have chosen, for their own reasons, to have an abortion; that are not merely informative and educational.”

CCBR is reportedly considering an appeal.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.



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