OTTAWA, October 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Conservative Member of Parliament is standing by his decision to nominate two jailed pro-life activists for Canadian national awards, despite being hounded by the mainstream media today.
In a release sent to various Canadian media outlets, Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott compared the two women to civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., and denounced abortion as “butchery” and “savagery.”
Last week LifeSiteNews broke the story that Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner were recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Governor General of Canada awarded 60,000 of the medals to Canadians for significant contributions and achievements, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.
Gibbons has spent nine of the past 17 years behind bars for offering peaceful pro-life witness to abortion-bound women in a restricted zone outside an abortion centre. Wagner, who is currently in jail, has similarly engaged in civil disobedience by offering women inside abortion facility waiting rooms assistance to choose life.
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In his media release, Vellacott says that he was “unable to award these medals to the victims of crime, because these baby victims are dead.”
Responding to criticism for having nominated jailed pro-life activists, he said, “It’s a pretty upside down world when we honor abortionists like Henry Morgentaler for killing over 5000 babies and imprison precious women, like Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons, who try to save babies from such savagery. They are the real heroes of humanity!”
Morgentaler received the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award in 2008, amidst massive protest.
Vellacott described the activities of Wagner and Gibbons as “trying to protect defenseless, voiceless human beings in the womb from butchery and death, and trying to let vulnerable women know that there are other options and support and adoption possibilities.”
Defending Wagner’s actions Vellacott said, “Like Martin Luther King and other human rights reformers, Mary is using civil disobedience to further a just cause. Peaceful civil disobedience is an appropriate method when trying to protect defenseless, voiceless human beings in the womb from butchery and death.”