Wagner invited pro-lifers to submit letters giving a voice to the child in the womb. The result? See the following article from Life Site News:
A woman who was seven weeks’ pregnant decided to keep her baby after meeting Canadian pro-life activist Mary Wagner outside an abortion centre, a judge heard earlier this week in court.
“I met Mary Wagner December 12th on a day I was hopeless and helpless and about to end the life of an innocent unborn seven-weeks-old child,” the woman wrote.
“She encourage[d] me and gave me hope. I now have a eight-week-old baby that makes me happy and fulfill[ed] as a woman.”
Wagner introduced the mother’s letter as evidence at her Tuesday sentencing trial.
“I would not be here if it was not a matter of life or death,” she told Ontario Court of Justice Rick Libman.
The mother’s letter was a perfect illustration of why Wagner had gone to the abortion facility, she told the Court.
“If I had obeyed the law, that child would not be alive today,” Wagner said.
Wagner, 43, was arrested December 12, 2016, outside Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, after staff forcibly removed her when she attempted to talk to women in the waiting room and give them alternatives to abortion.
Libman convicted Wagner on August 15 of mischief and breach of probation but deferred sentencing to September 12, telling Wagner she could solicit character references in her defence.
Wagner appealed to the pro-life community to send the judge letters defending the right to life of the unborn child.
Indeed, Libman received some 850 letters, 34,000 emails and 67,000 petition signatures in support of Wagner, according to Campaign Life Coalition, where most letters were initially delivered.
They came from pro-lifers in Canada, Poland, Japan, the UK, United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.
In stark contrast to the letter Wagner read to the court, some missives were poignant endorsements of Wagner from women grieving their abortions.
“I wish I had a Mary Wagner with me in that waiting room,” wrote a woman from Canada who had an abortion at age 18.
“I wish someone would have told me that keeping my baby was even an option. I wish someone would have reassured me and provided the support I really needed … This has been the most traumatic event of my life.”
“I know one thing, if I had met a person like Mary Wagner when it was about to happen, my life would have been different,” wrote a 45-year-old woman from the UK who had three abortions before giving birth to a daughter.
“I hated myself for what I had done,” she added.
“I would like to ask you to consider the fact that women who make that decision are not always convinced if this is the right way to go,” she wrote.
“Let them meet Mary Wagner on their path so that they could rethink their decision.”
As for the mother who did meet Wagner the day of her arrest, Wagner said some friends had come along with her “to offer their prayer support and practical support if there was any woman who wanted to take them up on the offer.”
These friends “offered [the mother] a ride to her class and in conversations driving to her class they told her about the Sisters of Life and asked if she would like them to call,” Wagner told LifeSiteNews.
“I know the Sisters of Life were contacted and they agreed to meet [the mother] that afternoon … after her class.”
Indeed, the friends drove one of the Sisters of Life to the college to meet the mother that afternoon.
“They met her, established a friendship with her, a connection, just a real show of support and they’ve been accompanying her ever since then,” Wagner said.
The mother, who has since married the baby’s father, added a postscript to her letter, which Wagner read to the court: “I thought the baby would be a girl because I wanted to name [her] after Mary. I was so disappointed when I had the ultrasound and found out it was baby boy.”
She also sent Wagner an email the day of the sentencing: “Mary, we’re thinking of you and praying for you today. You are in your prayers, we wish you all the best.”
The Crown had asked Libman to sentence Wagner to 18 months in jail.
But the judge ruled “society would not be served” if Wagner spent more time in jail than the almost six months she’d already served awaiting trial.
He sentenced her to 30 months’ probation, which included a condition she stay 250 meters away from the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic, and 50 hours of community service.
Wagner remains under a previous probation order until April 2019, and has served five years in jail for her attempts to save women and children from the violence of abortion.
“I don’t think I could continue this path, and I don’t know if I would have even begun it, without the gift of faith and the grace that God — many graces, grace upon grace — that He has given me,” Wagner, a Catholic, told LifeSiteNews.
“And the conviction through the Scripture, as well, that Jesus said ‘Whatever you do to one of the least of my brothers, you this you do to me,’ and the importance of living that out concretely,” she added.
“Not just in an abstract way, but concretely, because these are real children and mothers who are every day in danger.”
Dear Marchers for Life’: an open letter from jailed pro-life activist Mary Wagner
Note: Mary Wagner is currently serving a 10-month prison sentence for attempting to counsel women seeking abortions at Toronto’s Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic. In total, Wagner has spent some four years in jail for her peaceful pro-life activities. This letter is addressed to participants in today’s March for Life in Ottawa.
May 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Dear Jim Hughes & Friends, organizers of the March for Life and all who have come out to participate:
I’d like to thank you for dedicating this year’s March for Life to Linda Gibbons and me. We appreciate the public support you are giving to our efforts to love children and their mothers when and where they are most abandoned. It is not about getting arrested or not getting arrested. It is not about us, but about that poor mother and her utterly helpless child about to be killed, who are owed all the love and protection their neighbours are able to give them.
Linda has shared publicly that one of the steps that led her to be present where the babies are killed was the awakening that, though a child belongs to their parents, the child belongs to God first. This insight helps us to understand that each child must be loved, welcomed and protected because life is from God and for God.
We are entrusted with children as a family but also as a society and we are responsible for them before God. If we are Christians we know that the Commandment to love is not limited to our family, and therefore we must extend our love to others, especially to the most neglected and abandoned.
We all know people who have not hesitated to put their sick child or loved ones at the centre of their care and concern, spending days, weeks, months, years, even a lifetime at their bedside, sacrificing everything for their loved one. Very few of these people will ever be found in the news or praised for their selflessness. In fact, most people who have done this would find such praise strange, because their love for the person in their care is so strong they do not see first and foremost the sacrifices they have made. They are thinking only of what is best for their loved one.
Those little ones whose parents have forgotten them are waiting for an unofficial adoption by followers of Christ (through whom we have all received adoption by our Heavenly Father). How many mothers and children are going to these places of death today, even in this city, with no one there to love them? How many sick and elderly people are abandoned, if not killed in their vulnerability?
Dear Marchers for Life, especially all young people present, let us consider the words of Mother Teresa: “I do not see crowds; I see only one person at a time, Jesus.” While the work of Mother Teresa and thousands of her sisters no doubt helps and continues to help combat the great injustice of poverty, fighting poverty was not the goal of this saint. It was to quench the thirst of Christ – this thirst to love and be loved – present in each core person. There is no opposition between the work of Mother Teresa and the legitimate initiatives to stop poverty. In the same way, there is no opposition between those who seek to love the unique people whether born or unborn who are victims of the death culture and the many initiatives to uphold the sanctity of life.
If we are Christians, then we are called to be what a good friend calls Gospel of Life People, not simply pro-life: We have faith in Christ and in the Gospel and this faith is the greatest treasure because it leads to Love. We know that the struggle, which gathers us together today, is not just about human rights – although human rights are exceedingly important! The struggle is ultimately in building what Saint John Paul II called a Civilization of Life and Love, and it begins within each one of us. If we want to see the culture of life flourish we would do well to listen to the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Do I see that I too am, in some way, a part of the darkness of the culture of death?
– Am I willing to admit that I need to change?
– Do I believe that growth in personal holiness is essential for the flourishing of this civilization of Life and Love?
– Do I know how important it is to pray?
– Do I seek God’s Kingdom, His way first, trusting that He will take care of everything else?
“But seek first his kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well” (Matt 6:33). These words of Jesus bring us back to the mother and her unborn child. She may be in very difficult circumstances and tempted to forget the priority of God’s way: to protect His Little Ones. Are we who urge her to do what is right and good, to welcome her baby and to trust all will work out well, willing to make sacrifices ourselves to help her and her child? Will we be there for them?
Many here today are there for these mothers and babies; praise God! Still, there are many mothers who end up at these places where their children are brutally killed. Let us think of these mother and babies, pray for them, and as much as possible be there for them, as we would be there for our own children, mother, father, sister, brother, or friend. We do not need to have loving feelings before we choose to act for the good of another.
All we need is to listen to Jesus who says: “Love one another as I have loved you…Whatever you have done for the least of my brothers you did it to me…In the world you will have trouble, but take courage I have overcome the world…I will send you the Holy Spirit, who will lead you to the fullness of truth…Do not be afraid…I am with you always!”
I would like to thank as well everyone who has written to both of us in jail and who have expressed support in various ways, especially through your prayers.
God bless you!
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Jailed Canadian pro-life heroine Mary Wagner and Chicago-based pro-life lawyer Thomas Brejcha received the Law of Life Achievement Award at the annual Law of Life Summit last week in Washington, D.C, one day prior to the January 22 March for Life.
The annual award, given to those who have made enormous sacrifices for the pro-life movement, is a framed replica of the nail used to hold the feet of Christ to the cross.
Mary Wagner, who is currently in jail for entering a Toronto abortion clinic in December to peacefully minister to abortion-bound women, received the award for her selfless and heroic witness to life.
“[Mary] is a young beautiful woman who has taken it upon herself to go right into the abortuaries, to sit in the waiting rooms and calmly, prayerfully, and peacefully tell the women — on the inside — ‘You don’t have to do this. We have help for you,’” said LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John-Henry Westen, who accepted the award on Wagner’s behalf.
“[For this,] she is yelled at, screamed at, and jailed.”
“She is a hero for life,” he said.
These are Polish protesters outside of the Canadian embassy in Warsaw in defense of Mary Wagner. There will be more protests in other European countries in solidarity with Mary Wagner and her desire to help pregnant mothers and their preborn children.
Mary was charged with mischief: interference with lawful enjoyment/operation of a business, and breach of court order, as a result of her peaceful, prayerful outreach to pregnant mothers who, with their children were threatened by abortion at a Toronto abortion facility. She came to Toronto from British Columbia in 2010 to be in solidarity with Canadian pro-life heroine Linda Gibbons. Linda has sacrificed 10.5 years of her life in prison since September 1994 and Mary has given 2.6 years of prison life since March 2010; both for the defense of unborn children. She wrote a letter of gratitude to her supporters which was published in Life Site News:
Justice Fergus O’Donnell of the Ontario Court of Justice rejected every application made by the defense–including for access to abortion centre records, public funding, standing for a constitutional challenge and for expert witnesses to be heard–before he found Wagner guilty and sentenced her to five months in jail . He further levied two years of probation, with terms that she stay at least 100 metres away from any abortion site. However, because Mary had spent a greater time in jail than the sentence, she was freed immediately.
One of Mary’s several defenses will argue section 37 of the Criminal Code of Canada that states: ” Everyone is justified in using force to defend himself or any one under his protection from assault…”
Mary’s argument will contend that “any one” includes unborn children and that, by her presence and outreach, she peacefully acted in self-defense of those children. Section 37 has recently been repealed but Section 37 was in force at the time Mary was arrested, and she is entitled to rely on the self-defense of others. Mary contends that “others” includes all human beings, including those not yet born. If the court agrees with her, then the next decision is whether section 223 of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional, because it excludes from the definition of human being any human being (child) that is not yet born alive. If Mary wins on both these points, any one of us can place an unborn child under protection and use proportional force to stop an abortion, which is admitted by the state to be a fatal assault upon a human being. (excerpt taken from Dr. Charles Lugosi, Mary’s lawyer)
Mary uses roses, conversation and literature in a peaceful, non-violent and respectful manner to try to stop an imminent fatal assault upon unborn human beings by placing fetuses who are about to die under her protection..Mary Wagner resists any attempt by Parliament to decide when a biological human being is not a legal human being. Science teaches us that a new human being comes into existence at the moment of conception and this new living being is in a state of constant change over time until death.
Mary’s goal is to persuade the trial judge that fetuses are human beings in an unborn state, and that the legal definition of human being in the Criminal Code of Canada is unconstitutional.
** It has been 24 years since the personhood and right to life of unborn children have been before the Supreme Court of Canada in the constitutional challenge of Borowski v. Canada. (1989)
Mary is known in Poland and even was the subject of a cover page in one of the magazines. See also, a letter written by one of our members, Andrzej Spiewak of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in London, Ontario.