Imprisoned for Defending Unborn – Linda Gibbons Shares Her Christmas Wish

Pro-life heroine Linda Gibbons will spend another Christmas in jail this year for her refusal to abide by an injunction which forbids even silent prayerful pro-life witness on the public sidewalk in front of the Scott abortion mill in Toronto.

Linda has given permission to share the thoughts she communicates in her letters in hopes that they may further the cause for life.

In a recent letter, Linda wished to convey her Christmas prayer for Canada: “That Canada could recognize the sanctity of life in its mind’s eye, could rediscover a heart of affection and awe towards nascent life, could dare in its soul to embrace it boldly from conception.

“Would this not be to love God, mind, body and soul in careless abandonment to the Creator?

“Is that not a Christmas wish – a new morn, Canada reborn?”

Rosemary Connell of Show the Truth Canada has informed that Linda appreciates very much the letters and cards she receives from pro-lifers all over the world, and especially letters and artwork from children. She assures them of her prayers as well.

“I know she appreciates letters and cards and the effort to send them,” Connell told LifeSiteNews.

“She enjoys letters and art work from children also. She is very humble about the number of letters she gets each day.

“Please consider sending a Christmas card and short letters regularly. It is great for her spirits and important that the employees of the prison know of her supporters. It reminds people of the plight of little babies being threatened by abortion.”

There are some rules to follow for letters being sent to Linda so that she will receive them promptly:
– handwrite or type the address and return address on the envelope
– no stickers or stamped images etc. on envelope or in letter
– put return address on letter as well as envelope
– no plastic prayer cards or bookmarks – paper prayer cards and bookmarks are fine
– she is allowed a couple of pamphlets but not many
– no questions about day to day workings of the prison – baby saves, prayer groups, difficulties she faces. She cannot comment on the day to day workings of the prison.
– please number your letters so she can be sure she is getting all that you send
– please include a pro-life comment in each letter – facts of numbers of children being executed, loss of God’s children, our prayer for everyone involved in abortion industry

Letters should be addressed to
Linda Gibbons  – Vanier Women’s Detention Centre
655 Martin St. – Box 1040 – Milton,  ON
L9T 5E6

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  • plowshare

    This reminds me of a series of mass arrests in Greenville, SC more than ten years ago: there was a city ordinance prohibiting more than 10 people standing for more than a set amount of time on one block of a public sidewalk. Hundreds of people prayed in front of an abortion clinic along one block one day, and over 500 got arrested one Saturday, over 300 the next Saturday, over 50 the third Saturday…but none of them served more than a day in jail.

    It sounds like Linda has been incarcerated for more than a year. What was the injunction that she was charged with violating?

  • staceyjohnson

    I did a little research. She’s been in and out of jail for the past 14 years for peacefully standing in front of an abortion clinic. Many previous arrests were for obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties, but the last time they used that charge, the judge ruled that simply peacefully standing on the sidewalk with a sign did not constitute obstruction and so she was acquitted. This time, they tried a new charge: disobeying a court order. That court order is a “temporary” injunction (that has been in place for the past 14 years) prohibiting any pro-life activity whatsoever within a 20 meter zone around this particular abortion clinic.

  • plowshare

    Thank you, Stacey.

  • fatherjo

    Sending Linda cards and letters is a wonderful way of showing solidarity with Linda, and send a powerful message to the oppressive Canadian government as well. Let’s hope and pray that the United States does not follow the lead of Canada in suppressing free speech.