A pro-abortion judge shows the arrogance of the Left when he declares in court that the Divine Trinity (of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) is wrong.
Last Wednesday, March 21, 2012, a judge in a Toronto courtroom declared that when he erupted in an angry tirade against the defendant, pro-life activist Mary Wagner: “You’re wrong and your God is wrong!”
Tony Gosgnach reports for LifeSiteNews, March 22, 2012, that Wagner was on trial for violating “bubble zone laws” by (peacefully) entering a Toronto abortion facility — the Bloor West Village “Women’s Clinic — where she then presented women in the waiting room with a rose and offered them pro-life counseling.
After Crown attorney Derek Ishak and defense counsel Russell Browne made a joint submission to the judge, S. Ford Clements, for time served plus a three-year probationary term for Wagner, Clements emphatically rejected the submission and went into a tirade.
Clements called Wagner “cowardly” for “abusing other human beings” and not having the courage to make her views known through other channels. Then he exploded:
“She can sit in jail, if that’s the only way to protect people. This is an extraordinary waste of resources. Get a grip! 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. You’re wrong and your God’s wrong. 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, that’s all you have to understand … You start causing people emotional pain and harm, you think that’s okay?”
He then asked Wagner whether she would stay away from abortion sites for three years as required by the proposed terms of probation.
“I will not,” Wagner replied firmly.
“Then you’re going to jail,” said Clements.
Asked whether she had anything to say prior to sentencing, Wagner said she saw the rule of law as a guidepost, not an absolute. “The letter of the law does not always maintain justice … abortion is a short-term solution but causes long-term pain,” she said.She added she never acts out of a lack of sensitivity, but rather attempts to love the women to whom she speaks. She also pointed to examples from history where people who were initially regarded as criminals were later found to be in the right.
Clements was unmoved. “You have, in some measure, displayed utter contempt for the courts and the rights of others,” he said. “You appear to be governed by a higher moral order than the laws of our country. Your determination to break the law is a potential threat to the well-being of society and plants the seeds of lawlessness, perhaps even anarchy … You are unable to accord some civility and respect to others. Your view in law is wrong.”
In concluding, Clements accepted the testimony of abortion site co-owner Patricia Hasen, who filed a victim impact statement that claimed financial hardship caused by Wagner’s actions, including the necessity to hire a “counselor” from another abortion site. Hasen also said she was “scared a bit” when Wagner allegedly held a door open, adding she “doesn’t trust this woman’s peaceful demeanour” and worries about potential aggression. “These people do not work alone.”
Vanier Centre for Women
655 Martin St., Box 1040
Milton, ON L9T 5E6