Imagine this scenario: You are a young girl. You are full of love for others from the tiniest and most defenseless to their mothers who will bore them. You hand one of these mothers a fresh white rose, and a handwritten note. In return, you are put in jail!
That imprisonment happened, and is a result of an appeal to the law for protection by those who take part in dismembering the unborn, and with whom the law agrees. An act of caring and generosity, and love in Canada is not as favored as the violent destruction of innocent defenseless human life.
This happened to Mary Wagner. She has spent over two and a half years in jail for sticking to her mission, and refusing to abide by the law in Toronto Ontario, which forbids her from coming closer than 500 feet to doctors’ homes, 25 feet around doctors’ offices, 30 or 60 feet around clinics, and a 10-foot floating buffer zone around patients and staff. She serves her time with pro-lifer Linda Gibbons, who has accumulated over ten years in jail for the same kind of pro-life activity.
March 22, 2012 an Ontario, Canada Court of Justice judge S. Ford Clements is quoted as saying in court to Mary:
“You’re wrong and your God’s wrong,…..you have, in some measure, displayed utter contempt for the courts and the rights of others, you appear to be governed by a higher moral order than the laws of our country……your determination to break the law is a potential threat to the well-being of society and plants the seeds of lawlessness, perhaps even anarchy…” (LifeSiteNews.com)
“I am writing this column from the Albany city jail. Perhaps you have already learned that Ralph Abernathy and I were found guilty last Tuesday of “parading without a license” and sentenced to either fines of $178.00 each or the alternative of serving 45-day sentences on the city street force. We chose the later and willingly deferred bond and waived appeal…..The time has now come when we must practice civil disobedience in a true sense or delay our freedom thrust for long years.” (Martin Luther King, Jr., Message from Jail, 1962 Albany, Georgia)
You’re God’s Wrong.
“It was no part of our duty to nurse the wounded after we had taken them to the hospital. But we had joined the war with a desire to do all we could, no matter whether it did or did not fall within the scope of our work. The good Doctor told us that he could not induce Europeans to nurse the Zulus, and that it was beyond his power to compel them and that he would feel obliged if we undertook this mission of mercy. We were only too glad to [d]o this. We had to cleanse the wounds of several Zulus which had not been attended to for as many as five six days and were therefore stinking horribly. We liked the work. The Zulus could not talk to us, but form their gestures and the expression of their eyes they seemed to feel as if God had sent us to their succour.” (Mahatma Gandhi, South Africa, 1906, Zulu Rebellion)
You appear to be governed by a higher moral order.
“The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene…” (Isaiah 59:16)
Plants the seeds of lawlessness.
“They seized him, shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place; more than that, he has actually brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”….. Then all the city was aroused, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and immediately the doors were shut….the tribune came, arrested him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; he inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd shouted one thing, some another; and as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. When Paul came to the steps, the violence of the mob was so great that he had to be carried by the soldiers. The crowd that followed kept shouting, “Away with him!”” (Acts 21:28-36)
How Do We Judge An Action?
As we know from history the laws of man cannot be a moral teacher,. They can only try and control behavior. The judgment as to the reasonableness of a law is arrived at in the West usually by consensus, sometimes by fiat. Our very founding was based on the realization that the laws of Great Britain were unjust towards us. Only those that slavishly adhere to the decisions of others without examining those decisions will proclaim that the law cannot be wrong. Human judgment must be guided by something more than introspection. Looking inward only reveals what is already there. Since creation was an outward act, we must look to the creator for guidance.
Mary’s actions are admirable if only to show her determination to do something about abortion. But, now there is a chance to affect the administration of law in favor of the entire movement. She is going to defend herself in court, using an argument in the Criminal Code of Canada which justifies actions to defend “any one” under a person’s protection from assault. To do this she needs money for her legal defense.
Donations can be made in two ways:
1. To: Mary Wagner Legal Defence Fund, Account # 0319 8991-017, in any Bank of Montreal in Canada. Please request that the deposit be a “credit memo” to help with their bookkeeping.
2. By check payable to Mary Wagner Legal Defence Fund with the bank account number (0319 8991-017) written in the memo section, and mailed to: Mary Wagner Legal Defence Fund, c/o Bank of Montreal, 295 Boler Rd., London, ON, N6K 2K1.
Write to Mary at:
Vanier Center for Women
655 Martin Street, Box 1040,
L9T 5E6, Canada
The rules for writing to the jail here.
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