Father Tony Van Hee claims Charter right to speak for abortion victims

Father Tony Van Hee claims Charter right to speak for abortion victims

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[Ott Cit] Father Anthony Van Hee is a fixture in downtown Ottawa for his 30-year protest against abortion, a mission he quietly goes about in oversized sunglasses and, often, a floppy white hat.

VIDEO: [Andrew Hunter] In this rare footage of Father Tony Van Hee, Pro-Life well-wishers pause to thank him for what was at the time more than 25 years of faithful witness on Parliament Hill. It is now more 30 years. [May. 13, 2014]


He is 83, tiny and, in the eyes of the law, a threat.

On Oct. 24, he was near the corner of Bank and Sparks streets, inside the so-called bubble zone that protects clients of the Ottawa Morgentaler Clinic from harassment and intimidation within 50 metres of the entrance.

For several hours, he sat holding a sandwich board with the following two messages: “The Primacy Of Free Speech/Cornerstone of Western Civilization,” on one side; “Without Free Speech/The State Is A Corpse,” on the other.

There was no written mention of abortion, nor did Van Hee utter a word to any passerby on the subject, at least according to his lawyer.

Result? Charged under the 2017 law for “intimidating or attempting to intimidate” a person accessing abortion services.

Well, the priest is fighting back. Last week, a lawyer representing Van Hee and the Catholic Civil Rights League filed an application to declare several sections of the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This article continues at [Ott Cit] Charged priest uses Charter freedoms in bubble zone

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  1. …..and the courts disagree.

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