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Anti-abortion bus ad appeal dismissed by top court

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The City of Grande Prairie has had another victory in court. The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a group that wanted to run anti-abortion ads on local public transit buses.

The Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform sued the city in June 2016 for refusing an ad that showed fetuses at seven and 16 weeks gestation. It was captioned, “Growing, growing, gone. Abortion kills children,” with the website EndTheKilling.ca.

While the city felt the ad was inappropriate, the CCBR said it fell under its right to freedom of expression. They appealed, and in a ruling released Wednesday, Alberta’s top court dismissed the application.

According to the Canadian Press, the court argued the city’s decision was reasonable as the ad was disturbing enough to make children afraid and confused, and to cause women psychological harm.

The ad in question is below. It may be offensive to some readers and discretion is advised.

The ad the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform wanted to run on City of Grande Prairie transit buses in 2015.
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