A pro-life advocacy site has stated that Mr. Vellacott used one of his 30 fixed Queen’s honours to reward the anti-abortion efforts of Mary Wagner. Wagner’s aggressive efforts in “counselling” women in abortion clinics have put him in prison more than once. His second choice was a Saskatchewan MP Linda Gibbons, who is also quite popular for her longtime pro-life advocacy and concequently faced numerous of relevant trouble charges. It is not yet confirmed till Tuesday afternoon whether Ms. Gibbons and Ms. Wagner have affirmatively received the medal or not.
Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, stated that it is Mr. Vellacott’s choice if he is willing to notice of the matter, but that he personally is very happy to have awarded Diamond Jubilee medals to victims of crime. The pro-life advocacy site also mentioned that Mr. Vellacott has compared Ms. Wagner and Ms. Gibbons to Martin Luther King for using civil disobedience in a just cause.