By Charles Lewis
TORONTO, ON, February 22, 2011 © National Post – An anti-abortion activist jailed nearly two years ago for refusing to stop picketing a Toronto abortion clinic will get her case heard in the Supreme Court of Canada – but it does not mean she will be released soon. Linda Gibbons has been arrested roughly 20 times for various offences under the Criminal Code since a civil court granted a temporary injunction around several abortion clinics in downtown Toronto in 1994. She has been behind bars nearly nine of the past 16 years – nearly as much time as Karla Homolka spent in prison.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case to determine whether the criminal court can be used to prosecute injunctions by civil courts.