Linda Gibbons

Linda Gibbons remains jailed til next hearing in July

  • June 19, 2012

TORONTO - It's more jail time for anti-abortion activist Linda Gibbons, at least another month, as the next ruling in her case won't be made until July 20.

Gibbons remains imprisoned for violating a court order — from 1994 — for handing out graphic pamphlets of aborted fetuses outside a Toronto abortion clinic.

"The judge needs time to decide so she's going to have to sit there and wait until he makes his decision, Gibbons' lawyer Daniel Santoro told The Catholic Register.

"The injunction prohibits secondary picketing and causing a nuisance," among other things, he said. "I am arguing that what Linda did, peace leafletting, does not constitute a breach of the terms of the injunction."

His argument that Gibbons, 63, did not violate the court order took about two hours in court, said Santoro.

"We've got an argument about abuse of process about the 18-year-old injunction that's still before the courts. And we've got an argument about the scope of another injunction."

Until then, Gibbons will be waiting at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, just west of Toronto.

She has been granted bail, but she won't agree to the terms, which keeps her incarcerated, Santoro said.

"The bail would effectively require her to promise to obey court injunctions which restrain her freedom of expression," he said. "Linda will not promise to do this."

Still, she is, as always, at peace, he added.

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