Pat Maloney is taking the government to court for preventing her from accessing statistics about abortion. You can learn more about this on January 7! See below.
It doesn’t matter if you are pro-life or pro-choice. You should be concerned about the Ontario Government’s decision to hide all abortion information from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests.
Together with ARPA Canada I am taking the Ontario Government to court, to challenge my freedom of expression rights–rights that were trampled on when the Government secretly changed the law which previously allowed access to all abortion information.
This meant I could no longer request the number and cost of abortions performed in Ontario every year. It is now hidden from the public. This is information about only one tax-payer funded medical procedure–abortion. This government does not hide information about any other medical procedure. Not yet anyway.
This information has been unavailable through FOI requests since 2012 (the last year we have data for is 2010).
This week We Need a Law begins a series of open events to explain our case. The Stop Censorship tour begins this Saturday here in Ottawa from 7:30 to 9:00 at the Ottawa Reformed Presbyterian Church, 466 Woodland Ave, Ottawa.
Other venues in Ontario will take place around the province.
If we want an open, transparent, accountable government; if we want to protect our charter rights; if we want to be able to freely debate and comment on what our government does on our behalf, we have to fight for it. I hope you can attend one of the information sessions.