At the heart of the pro-life movement is a desire to reach out to those in need. Unborn children need a voice to speak up for their right to be born. Women facing an unexpected pregnancy need support, understanding and encouragement as they accept their role as a new mother. Whether we stand in front of the abortion facility displaying life-affirming messages, fundraise for a crisis pregnancy center, or debate abortion with students on a university campus, we are reaching out. It is always our hope that the pro-life message, given with love, will touch a person’s heart and increase their understanding of the value of human life.
Reaching out: this is something that Mary Wagner has done again and again. She will be spending this Christmas behind bars, in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton. She has been arrested numerous times, most recently on August 15th, 2012. She entered a Toronto abortion facility and attempted to peacefully speak to the women there, and was arrested on the charge of “mischief” (interference with lawful employment / operation of a business). Mary remains in prison because she will not accept the bail conditions that would force her to stay away from the abortion facility.
Mary’s legal counsel believes that her actions may fall within a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that allows a person to prevent assault on another human being. Mary was counseling women to choose life for their children, so the question is whether that section of the Criminal Code “covers all human beings or just those who are already born,” stated her lawyer.
With kindness, and bearing roses, Mary bravely reached out to abortion-minded women, asking them to change their minds and choose life. Her actions have truly saved lives. We too are given opportunities to reach out, to speak up, and to share the truth that life has value. Some of us, like Mary, courageously seek conversation with mothers in the very moments before their children’s lives are slated to be taken away. In the interactions we have each day, we can – with courage – also speak up for life. Like Mary, we can change hearts through kindness and truth.
While we prepare ourselves to reach out to those around us, we can also reach out to Mary. You are encouraged to send her a Christmas card, letting her know that she is loved and supported. Take the time to read an open letter from Mary, found here.
Cards can be mailed to:
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O Box 1040
655 Martin St.
When sending Mary a card, do not include any stickers (return address, pro-life stickers), or any laminated items. Do not include any questions about the daily activity of the detention centre. Put your address directly on the card or letter, as the envelope may not be given to her.