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Judge inundated with hundreds of letters of support, decides against further jail time for prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner

Toronto, Sept 12, 2017 – On Tuesday September 12, 2017, after receiving more than 850 character references in support of Mary Wagner, Justice Rick Libman of the Ontario Court of Justice decided for no further jail time for the pro-life prisoner of conscience, despite the Crown’s appeal for up to 18 months behind bars.

“We thank Justice Libman for this decision which is a step in the right direction. In less than a month, Mary received more than 850 reference letters, 34,000 emails and 67,000 petition signatures in support of her character and unborn children,” said Jim Hughes, National President, Campaign Life Coalition and Vice-President, International Right to Life Federation. “This overwhelming response is a reflection of a global opposition to abortion in Canada." 

On August 15, Justice Libman deferred Wagner’s sentencing so that she could prepare evidence on her behalf including character references. Following the trial, Wagner invited supporters to submit reference letters for her character and in the support of children before birth. People from various parts of the world answered her request in massive numbers.  

“We need more people like Mary who genuinely understand the plight of women and their unborn children,” said Hughes. “Abortion is a great injustice in this country and we stand firmly with Mary in her courageous undertaking of putting her own life at risk so that women choose life for their children.”

About Campaign Life Coalition
Campaign Life Coalition is a national, non-profit organization involved in political action and advocacy for legal and cultural change in Canada with respect to protecting human life and the family. It is non-partisan and encourages voting based on principles, not party. For more information visit

Media Contacts:
Jeff Gunnarson, Vice-President, Campaign Life Coalition 416-204-9749 ext 249
Matt Wojciechowski, Campaign Life Coalition 416-204-9749 ext 239