Have the Anti-Abortion Ad Removed from Sudbury City Buses

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An anti-abortion ad appeared on a city bus in Sudbury, ON. This has many people questioning the advertising standards for GOVA Sudbury Transit Buses. The advertisement features the hand of a baby reaching towards the hand of a woman, with the text reading ‘Take my hand, not my life.’

Everyone has a right to their own opinion, however, for an ad to be placed on the side of a city bus to shame women for abortions is extremely inappropriate. An article by Sudbury.com expresses the views of a woman who saw this and shed light on how damaging this advertisement through public transit can be. She referred to a law under the Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act that prohibits one from ‘informing or attempting to inform a person concerning issues related to abortion services, by any means, including oral, written or graphic means within specified areas’. These specified areas are designed to protect vulnerable women and their families and include medical sites such as hospitals. This bus is on one of the main routes to the hospital with a bus stop right outside of the emergency room. This ad therefore violates the protective law and is being allowed to promote anti-abortion views in areas where vulnerable women should be protected.

When relying on public transit, women should not feel shamed or have their bodily autonomy questioned. The city bus is not the place for an issue like this be brought up or discussed. We shouldn't turn away from the conversation of abortion but understand the impact it can have on our community and our citizens. There is a time and place that allows us to have this conversation in an appropriate manner and this is not it.