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Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose

Province to Introduce Bill to Help Ensure Safe Access to Women’s Health Clinics

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is taking steps to help protect women who are seeking reproductive health care.

In fall 2017, the province plans to introduce a bill that would, if passed, create "safe access zones" at specified health care facilities that offer women's reproductive services. The zones would help ensure the safety and privacy of women, visitors and health care workers travelling to and from these facilities.

Over the coming months, Ontario will consult with health care, legal and advocacy groups to develop details of the new law.

Quick Facts

  • Both British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador have legislation in place that restricts protest activities around women’s health care facilities to help keep patients and staff safe.
  • In Ontario, there are currently several court injunctions in place to protect the safety and privacy of women and health care professionals by restricting protest activities in and around specific locations in the province.
  • Abortion is funded in Ontario as an insured service under the Health Insurance Act.

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Yasir Naqvi

“Every woman in Ontario has the right to make decisions about her own heath care – and they deserve to do so freely, and without fear. That’s why our government is taking steps to introduce a bill that would help give women and their health care providers safe and reliable access to women’s health care facilities.”

Yasir Naqvi

Attorney General

“For many years, people seeking reproductive services at clinics across Ontario have been subjected to escalating hostility and aggression — adding tremendous stress to what may be an already difficult time in their lives. I welcome any government action that could give peace of mind to these folks and the people who care for them.”

Catherine Macnab

Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Ottawa

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