This Bill provides that no one shall send a graphic image of a fetus by mail or otherwise distribute such an image unless the image is contained in an opaque envelope, the exterior of the envelope includes a description of the contents and the exterior of the envelope clearly identifies the sender. The penalty for violating this prohibition is a fine of $100 per image.
The next step in moving this Bill forward is to get it put on the Queens Park agenda for a second reading and debate. You can help by emailing your Member of Provincial Parliament and asking this to be passed into law. We have provided the bones of a letter for you to use if you choose.
You can find the letter below.
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Dear [MPP Name]:
As a resident of [riding], I am writing to you to express my concerns as someone affected by graphic anti-abortion images in public.
There has been an increase in anti-abortion demonstrations in [riding/city] and across Ontario which use graphic and disturbing images, both on busy street corners as well as delivered to people’s private mailboxes in pamphlet form. Through interactions with others in our community, it is apparent that countless people find these images deeply upsetting, triggering, and traumatizing.
Here in Ontario, the process of trying to regulate the use of graphic anti-abortion images has begun. On March 8, 2021, the Viewer Discretion Act (Bill 259) was tabled in the Ontario Legislature by MPP Terence Kernaghan. This Private Member’s Bill would mandate that if these graphic materials are going to be delivered to private homes and businesses they must be contained in an opaque envelope, with a viewer discretion warning, and a clear indication of who the sender is. This would give community members the choice of whether they would like to engage with the materials or not.
We are living in a time where the safety and comfort of our homes is more valuable than ever. In supporting Bill 259, you are standing up for the rights of women who are being targeted and made to feel judged in the safety of their own homes. You are standing up for the rights of children who are being exposed to gore and trauma without their consent. You are standing up for your constituents.
It is my hope that you would act in support of Bill 259 and help us establish safe, harassment-free communities by bringing Bill 259 to debate.
Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
[your name and signature]
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