TORONTO, December 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canadian pro-life rescuer Mary Wagner remains in jail after her arrest Friday at a Toronto abortion center where she and another woman were attempting to persuade women to choose life for their unborn babies.
Wagner entered the Women’s Care Clinic on the fifth floor of an office building at 960 Lawrence Avenue W. in Toronto shortly after 9 a.m. December 8.
She was accompanied by a woman who identified herself as Immolatia.
Wagner carried roses, to which were attached a model of a 10-week-old baby in utero, a card with contact information for the Sisters of Life, and another card saying “You can keep you baby. Love will find a way.” Immolatia carried a poster that said the same.
The police arrived around 10:30, and about 30 minutes later, dragged Wagner out through the front doors of the office building with her hands cuffed behind her back.
Immolatia was escorted to the edge of the property by two police officers.
Another pro-life witness, present with three others to pray for the pro-life rescue attempt, subsequently entered the abortion center, which uses a “buzz-in” security system, only to be escorted out into the hallway by a police officer.
No further arrests were made.
Wagner, 43, is charged with one count of mischief and two counts of breach of probation.
She was not charged under Bill 163, or “bubble zone” law, which bans all pro-life witness within 50 meters to 150 meters of the province’s eight abortion facilities. The Ontario government passed the law on October 26, but has not finalized regulations on its implementation.
Wagner declined bail because she cannot in conscience agree to the condition to stay away from abortion centers.
She will remain in jail until her trial, which might not take place for several months.
The Women’s Care Clinic in northwest Toronto is traditionally the site of the annual October 40 Days campaign of prayer and fasting to end abortion.
The abortion facility aborts unborn babies up to 20 weeks’ gestation, according to its website.
A Catholic, Wagner was arrested on the Catholic solemn feast of Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. It is Catholic dogma that the Blessed Mother was conceived in her mother’s womb unstained by original sin through the merits of Jesus Christ.
Wagner has spent four years and eight months in jail to date for her peaceful efforts to save women and unborn 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,” she told LifeSiteNews in an earlier interview.
“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,” Wagner said.
“Not just in an abstract way, but concretely, because these are real children and mothers who are every day in danger,” she added.
“Every day Jesus is sentenced to die a horrific death at the modern day Golgotha in the killing places. He clearly summarized His Gospel for us in five succinct words: ‘You did it to me’,” Immolatia told LifeSiteNews.
“He anguishes not only for the unborn, who are sacrificed to the god of abortion, but for the many souls placing themselves in mortal danger of eternal death,” she said.
Her motivation for going into the abortion facility with Wagner was “first for love of God, and to love those whom He loves, and that includes the mother, the baby, the father, and those who are killing directly or indirectly,” Immolatia told LifeSiteNews.
“I am called as a baptized Catholic to help Jesus save souls,” she added.
“There is no more urgent work of mercy to be done than to save souls from the darkness of abortion and all sins against life.”
Wagner is scheduled for a preliminary court appearance at 1000 Finch on December 21 via video from Vanier jail.
Those wishing to write Mary Wagner can send letters to: Vanier Center for Women, 655 Martin St., Milton, ON L9T 5E6