by Jen Green
Once when I was in grad school, I wrote a paper based on a case study. I visited a nursing home every week for two months and watched the communication network of the facility. One woman, a devout Christian, was completely bedridden. She was my favorite to visit. I asked her with whom she communicated the most during her days. She told me, “Jesus.” She was a devout Christian with no family left to visit her. She prayed all day and all night sometimes, she told me. Just talking with her God, waiting for Him to take her home.
I wrote that into my paper for my grad class. My professor, a liberal and an atheist, had as close to a conniption fit as I’ve ever seen a “professional” throw. He read that part of my paper to the class, mocking the lady and her “communication,” calling prayer a “waste of time” and “anti-intellectual.” He laughed that I would even consider this worthy of a scholarly paper.
As he derided me– and after I picked my dumbfounded jaw up off the ground– I started doodling these words in the side of my notebook, “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow.” Those words sustained me through several more years of my faith being challenged and mocked.
I thought of them today when I read this story.
On Wednesday in Toronto, Ontario, a judge flew into a rage at a pro-life activist who stood before him because she had violated a “bubble law.” She refused to stay a certain distance around a baby-killing factory, instead going into the lobby of such businesses to find women who are about to kill their children.
What she does next is simply horrifying. Horrifying. She actually approaches these women, gives them a rose, and gently offers to counsel them on how and why they should choose life for their children. She offers them help to do so, as well, by giving them a pamphlet of information.
Makes your hair stand on end, doesn’t it?
For her “crime,” Mary Wagner sat in jail for 88 days. Then, she went before Justice S. Ford Clements. Both her attorney and the prosecuting attorney requested she be credited with time served and put on three years probation. Clements had other ideas, claiming Wagner was “abusing other human beings” [how's that for irony?] with her actions and should be in jail to protect others. He continued,
“You don’t get it, do you? What’s the rule of law? You’re required to abide by it … You’ve lost the right as a citizen to be anywhere near an abortion clinic or to speak to an employee,” he said.
“You’re wrong and your God’s wrong,” he continued. “You have complete contempt … There is a right to (abortion) in this country … You don’t have a right to cause (abortion-seeking women) extra pain and grief the way you do.”
“[Abortion] is legal,” he continued, “that’s all you have to understand … You start causing people emotional pain and harm, you think that’s okay?”
He then asked Wagner if she would stay away from baby-killing factories during a three-year probation term. “I will not, ” she said.
So, he sent her back to jail for another 92 days.
The irony is that once upon a time, even a Canadian judge would have been guided by the same “moral order” for which he condemned Wagner. In fact, that “moral order” and his “rule of law” would have been synonymous. But now, in this twisted moral bankruptcy of a culture, the “moral order” and the “rule of [man's] law” are in direct contradiction of each other. Although we’re not quite as far down the rabbit hole as our neighbors to the north, we see it here in our country.
The other horrific irony is that Canada’s (and America’s) “rule of law” is now protecting murderers while jailing those who peacefully try to stop the killing. The concern? That those trying to prevent the killing may “cause pain and grief.”
As for “Justice” Clements, his actions and words deserve our disdain. They should also spur us to continued action here in our country, in our states, in our cities to find and support candidates who understand the basis of America’s rule of law is that our rights come from God, and our goverment’s role is simply to secure and protect them–including the right to life.
There is little doubt that Mary Wagner is a pro-life hero. As she sits in a Canadian jail for 6 months for doing nothing more than loving women enough to want to save them from the pain of killing their children, she is storing up treasures in Heaven.
There is also no doubt she knew she was breaking the law and would suffer the consequences. Just read these words from Justice Clements, “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.”
Amen and amen. God bless Mary Wagner. We should all be judged and found guilty of the same.
As it says in the LifeSite News article, if you would like to write to Mary and encourage her, this is her address:
Vanier Centre for Women
655 Martin St., Box 1040
Milton, ON L9T 5E6