September 03, 2015

Pro-life activist arrested again: Linda Gibbons has already spent over 10 years behind bars

Rebel Staff
 

She's spent more time behind bars than notorious murderer Karla Homolka, but Linda Gibbons isn't a serial killer. Instead, Gibbons, 67, is a peaceful pro-life protester whose long campaign against abortion has finally received sympathetic attention from Canada's mainstream media.

After Gibbons was arrested yet again on September 2 for silently walking on the sidewalk outside Toronto's Morgentaler Clinic, the National Post's Christie Blatchford reported:

[Linda Gibbons] spent an astonishing total of 10 years and seven months behind bars.

I’ve written about people convicted of gun offences, serious drug offences, sex assault, drunk driving, child abuse and manslaughter who have done significantly less time.

Gibbons’ crime is worse.

She’s a veteran pro-life protester outside Toronto abortion clinics. She’s on the wrong side (the pro-life side) of the wrong issue (abortion) and yet she persists in trying to make her voice heard.

Blatchford wrote that Gibbons held up her usual sign, depicting a baby and the words, "Why mom? When I have so much love to give."

Gibbons has been repeatedly charged with violating a formerly "temporary" 1999 injunction barring particular protesters from demonstrating outside abortion clinics.

Blatchford says that eventually, "the order began to be interpreted by judges as applying to everyone — not just to the original named individuals who had consented to it, but to Gibbons and anyone else who dared come within 500 feet of the clinic."

"I think you'd be hard-pressed to conclude Gibbons" did any of the things she was charge with Wednesday, Blatchford added, such as "interrupting" the business of the clinic and "blocking" patients from entering.

Another writer, blogging at Toronto Catholic Witness, questioned one of the police on the scene:

He admitted though that there were hundreds of obscure laws that were and have been disregarded as to police action. But this law, according to him was to be enforced. (...)

But more than Linda was arrested and handcuffed yesterday. Truth, life, love and liberty were arrested, handcuffed and led away.

(Photo credit: Toronto Catholic Witness)

 

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commented 2015-09-10 18:43:09 -0400
Canadians love macerating their offspring
commented 2015-09-08 16:51:25 -0400
Jailing of Ms. Gibbons is stupid but stop beating up on the left with regard to democracy. We are still paying for Harpers G8/G20 fiasco and we’ll be paying as well for the C-51 fallout. Left/Right labelling of issues and opinions is mindless.
commented 2015-09-05 20:41:27 -0400
Why Mom? I have so much love to give? Absolutely wells my tears. God bless her. That is Bravery
commented 2015-09-05 03:52:55 -0400
I agree Anne in the sense that The Order Of Canada has been debased many years now with the example of Morgentaler indeed being a prime example… (Just as the Nobel Peace Prize turned to a farce with Obama receiving it!)… What I meant was that the original intent of the Order was valid, and awarding it to Linda Gibbons would send a loud message that we Canadians are returning to our root values after so many years of subterfuge by the political, academic and media elites…
commented 2015-09-04 22:34:41 -0400
For those in support of Linda Gibbons, I agree wholeheartedly with one exception, The Order of Canada. In my mind it has fallen from a place of honour since it was awarded to Morgentaler. Not only for the abortions he committed himself but for being instrumental in influencing our government to include funding abortions through our taxes and being left with no law to limit abortions throughout the nine months. I hope he’s being visited by all the souls of the babies for whom he was responsible by robbing them their chance to fulfill their destiny.
Linda Gibbons is a hero and I’d like to see her given a special Humanitarian award for her courage.
commented 2015-09-04 17:24:22 -0400
Oh great! Now I can’t stop thinking about dinner! Thanks Keith! :)
commented 2015-09-04 17:22:36 -0400
" Two Wolfs and a Lamb, voting on what to have for Lunch."

Leg of lamb? Lamb chops? … I’ve gotta stop, I am making myself hungry.
commented 2015-09-04 15:17:18 -0400
The Liberal Gestapo at work? What happened to Democracy? I will repeat what I have just said on another Post. Democracy under Liberal Wynn. Two Wolfs and a Lamb, voting on what to have for Lunch.
commented 2015-09-04 15:17:15 -0400
The Liberal Gestapo at work? What happened to Democracy? I will repeat what I have just said on another Post. Democracy under Liberal Wynn. Two Wolfs and a Lamb, voting on what to have for Lunch.
commented 2015-09-04 11:48:17 -0400
Someone should start a movement to get her the “Order of Canada”.
commented 2015-09-04 08:00:34 -0400
“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
commented 2015-09-04 01:40:36 -0400
The only thing worse than being a threat to society, is being a threat to liberal ideology. The latter will bet you some serious hard time, as we are witnessing. This fiasco, call the law, is an example of just how far the western countries has fallen down that socialist rabbit hole.
commented 2015-09-04 01:39:53 -0400
It is people like Linda Gibbons who should be receiving The Order Of Canada for their contribution to free expression of thought by a free people… But her plight speaks to how far we have really sunk from that ideal…
commented 2015-09-04 00:24:57 -0400
I give her so much credit, she has never given up!! She stands up for what she believes is the right thing!! She is an inspiration to all of us!! I cannot understand why so many go unpunished while she goes to jail, she has not physically hurt one soal! Why?
commented 2015-09-04 00:16:36 -0400
Arresting and imprisoning an old lady for peacefully walking in front of an abortion clinic with a sign of protest, as is her legal right to do, is a morally reprehensible thing, but not inconsistent for the morally corrupt left in Canada.
commented 2015-09-03 23:32:13 -0400
I remember 20 – 25 years ago reading about the end times and how Christians would be persecuted and many would lose their faith. I remember thinking how could that possibly happen today ( 1990 – 95), in the West?
Well look where we are today (2015)…
Linda Gibbons
Kim Davis
Barronelle Stutzman
Aaron and Melissa Klein
There’s a lot more names and these victims are increasing in number.
Unbelievable…
commented 2015-09-03 22:36:11 -0400
Our left-wing judges(the majority of them)always interpret laws with their left -wing sick minds.
commented 2015-09-03 22:27:22 -0400
According to the ‘progressives’ this granny needs to be stopped. She’s dangerous.
commented 2015-09-03 21:21:36 -0400
It would take me a while tolook up and post the reference butthe story goes like this….back in 2006 a right to life protestor was distributing pamphlets outside the defined exclusion zone. A rent a cop issued him a ticket for J-walking. First he called her an asshole….then he called her the lower east side of an asshole. She charged him with criminal harassment and insulting an officer….it went all the way to the Supreme Court (USA)…which ruled that on balance of inconvenience his right to express grievance and make outcry against perceived injustice outweighed the inconvenience of the charge.

This woman needs a good pro-bono lawyer…
commented 2015-09-03 19:36:46 -0400
Canada has a long list of political prisoners – add one more.
commented 2015-09-03 18:17:26 -0400
In Russia, they had a Charter that pretty much mirrored that of the United States – while killing millions of innocent ppl. The legal system is only as good as the ppl running it. “Allowing” (and I use that word deliberately) radicals to get hold of the legal system in this country is a flaw in our democracy, and one we MUST solve!!
commented 2015-09-03 18:14:52 -0400
In Russia, if say things the powers that be don’t like, they make up an excuses and arrest you. (think Pussy Riots)
In Canada, if you say things the powers that be don’t like, they make up excuses and arrest you. (think Linda Gibbons)

The worst of it is, that it is no “accident” that judges are taking an old ruling and morphing it to their current use. They’re being instructed to do so by the Attorney General’s office, which is run by radical feminists and hard line Lefty’s.
commented 2015-09-03 18:12:10 -0400
If you believe that it’s okay for society to give someone else the authority to decide if a child should live or die, even before it’s born; then you might be a communist.
Vote A-B-C
Anything But Communism
commented 2015-09-03 18:07:03 -0400
Why was she arrested? What was the charge? Upsetting the abortion clinics income? These places push pro choice on all young scared pregnant women as though it is the only option to their unplanned pregnancy. It is a chamber of horrors. There is nothing wrong with trying to get these infant’s death row institutions shut down. These innocent infants who receive the death sentence are charged with the crime of being conceived by parents who did not want them but they could have lived if this insanity was put back to an illegal act the way it rightfully was for years.
commented 2015-09-03 17:39:46 -0400
THE GENDARMES DUET
(Written in 1859)

We’re public guardians bold, yet wary
And of ourselves we take good care
To risk our precious lives we’re chary
When anger looms, we’re never there
But when we meet a helpless woman
Or little boys that do no harm
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes.

Sometimes our duty’s extramural
Then little butterflies we chase
We like to gamble in things rural
Commune with nature face to face
Unto our beat then back returning
Refreshed by nature’s holy charm
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes.

If gentlemen will make a riot
And punch each other’s heads at night
We’re quite disposed to keep it quiet
Provided that they make it right
But if they do not seem to see it
Or give to us our proper terms
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes
We run them in, we run them in
We run them in, we run them in
We show them we’re the bold gendarmes.
commented 2015-09-03 17:19:21 -0400
Get that little old lady!

There’s nothing worse than a little old lady invoking her right to free speech, and saying something others don’t want to hear.

The Canadian political reality is sick…sick…sick.
commented 2015-09-03 16:59:04 -0400
It is sad when a peaceful protest is met with arrest. The left would be furious if they were arrested while peacefully protesting anything and the media would immediately jump to their defense.

The fact that at least one main stream reporter actually posted a somewhat positive report about Linda Gibbons is actually astounding. Maybe she might get more media attention, or maybe this one column could be an anomalous incident. We’ll see.