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(LifeSiteNews) — In an episode of The John-Henry Westen Show late last year, I was joined by the inspiring Canadian pro-life advocate Mary Wagner, who has been arrested many times for peacefully entering abortion centers to offer mothers help to save the lives of their children. In total, she has spent six years in prison.

My interview came just days after Wagner’s lawyers filed, to the Supreme Court of Canada, an appeal of her lawsuit challenging Section 223 of the Canadian Criminal Code, which violates the Canadian Charter’s guarantee of “life, liberty and security” and equal protection of an individual person. This case, if accepted by the Court, would be monumental for the pro-life movement in Canada.

Wagner told me that she hopes “the highest court would recognize the injustice of Section 223, which declares … that before birth there is a child there but is not considered a human being, contrary to common sense (and) contrary to scientific evidence.

She also noted that “if the court decides against our case, then it’s clear they exposed the hypocrisy and the grave injustice is exposed for many because I believe that this case will garner international attention.

Wagner also discussed what led her to become a pro-life activist in its truest sense: by entering clinics and peacefully and lovingly encouraging mothers to give their unborn children the gift of life.

“Anyone who recognizes that the child before birth is a human being has to ask then those questions, how can we advocate for them, how can we speak for them in our country … in which we are prosecuted for trying to advocate for them when they are most in need, Wagner said.

Moreover, she told me that, as a youth, she “realized in the light, and, really walking in the light of Mother Teresa, the distinction between caring about an issue and caring about a person, and ultimately Christ is that person, He is our neighbor.”

Wagner shared her very first experience of being arrested for her ministry back in 1999, and since then she has been arrested multiple times with multiple sentences.

Regardless, Wagner stated with great faith and fortitude that despite all the circumstances that may occur because of the work she does, “God calls each of us uniquely, I would say that for myself (as) He poured out graces upon me.”

Enjoy listening and watching this interview, which is an inspiration for every pro-life warrior.

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.

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