Two Anti-abortionists that were awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal have been compared to American civil rights leader Martin Luther King by Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott.
The pair have spend time in jail for violating injunctions in front of abortion clinics and breaching court orders. One them is currently serving time in prison.
Vellacott is aggressively defending his decision to award Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons with the medals. In a letter to the media he stated that:
"Unlike the justice minister, Vellacott was unable to award these medals to the victims of crime, because these baby victims are dead, so instead the award to those 'heroines of humanity' Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons who are trying to protect defenceless, 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 ……It's a pretty upside down world when we honour abortionists like Henry Morgentaler for killing over 5,000 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!"
The Governor General’s Office has stated that each MP has their own criteria for awarding the medals. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson told the CBC that his own allotments of medals have been handed out to victims of crime.
This is not the first controversy regarding the medals. Some Quebec MPs returned their Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals in protest of the federal government's spending on monarchy celebrations.
60,000 Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals handed out this year, Members of Parliament were give 30 medals each to award to their constituents. The medals are intended to mark “significant achievements” by Canadians.
What do you think? How black and white is this issue? Are these women crusaders through non-violence or criminals who do deserve to be recognized?