An 83-year-old Catholic priest in Ottawa was arrested and charged for protesting near an abortion clinic which is against the draconian Ontario Safe Access to Abortion Law that limits the speech rights of pro-lifers — except he wasn't protesting abortion.
According to Right Now HQ, a nationwide pro-life lobby group, Fr. Tony Van Hee was charged in Ottawa yesterday for violating Ontario’s new “bubble zone law”, which states that no pro-life witness can be done within 50-150 metres of an abortion clinic.
A first-time offender could face a fine of $5,000 or six months in jail, but Fr. Van Hee has reportedly said he will not pay the fine and will go to jail, and “If they jail me, I will fast”.”
The problem is, Fr. Tony was advocating for free speech and not against abortion. His signs made that clear, but he was arrested anyway, proving those signs right.
Today, I’ll show you the very real problem of violence directed at people exercising their right to choose to believe that life begins at conception and daring to want the right to say so in a public place.
If this 83-year-old Catholic priest was arrested for the crime of being Catholic and pro-free speech on a public street, they’re going to need more jails and I’m going to need a prison pen pal!