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Free Pro-Life Activist Mary Wagner

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On Christmas Eve 2014, Canadian authorities jailed Mary Wagner. She is being held in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario, a medium/maximum security correctional facility.

Wagner was arrested for the crime of entering the waiting room of an abortion clinic on December 23—this time, the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic in Toronto—and quietly offering individual women a rose with a card stating where they could learn about abortion alternatives and asking them if they wanted to talk about alternatives.

Canadian judges have shown hostility to Ms. Wagner. One Justice delivered a tirade that included “You’re wrong, and your God is wrong!” Another Justice referred to her “very stubborn streak” and turned down her request for public funding of her constitutional challenge, finding that it wasn’t in the public interest to challenge the law defining when a child becomes a human being by presenting scientific testimony demonstrating the humanity of unborn children. The Canadian press has been largely silent about the 40-year-old’s peaceful pro-life witness and imprisonments (totalling over three years).

Wagner has explained that her effort to speak to women about abortion alternatives is motivated by a desire to allay their fears about continuing the pregnancy by offering hope and real alternatives, to spare the lives of their children and spare them the suffering and remorse of having undergone an abortion, and also to challenge the erroneous definition of human being in the Criminal Code, a question that has never been presented to the Supreme Court of Canada. Wagner contends that Canada's Parliament exceeded its authority in excluding a class of children (the unborn) from its definition of human being in Section 223 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

A definition based on the scientific truth matters because under the self-defense laws of Canada, one can act, and even use force, to defend only the lives of “human beings” (living outside the mother’s body), but not human beings during the first nine months of their lives from conception to birth.

Mary Wagner was inspired by hearing St. John Paul II in Denver during World Youth Day in 1993, telling youth to not be afraid to witness to their beliefs in public. After college, she took up pro-life work, and later joined a contemplative order of nuns to discern if that was the vocation to which God was calling her. But after three or four years, she understood clearly that God wanted her to continue her pro-life witness in Canada.

MARY WAGNER IS A PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE. We want Mary Wagner freed, her harassment stopped, and the judges in her case investigated and if need be, sanctioned.



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