Tory MP Vellacott inciting anti-abortion activists to break law: Rae

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OTTAWA - Bob Rae says a Conservative MP who awarded a Diamond Jubilee medal to a jailed anti-abortion crusader could be breaking the law himself.

The interim Liberal leader says Saskatchewan MP Maurice Vellacott "crossed the line" last week when he nominated Mary Wagner for a medal commemorating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne.

Wagner is currently in jail in Toronto awaiting trial after forcing her way into an abortion clinic in August — this after she was convicted in March of committing a similar offence last November.

In Rae's opinion, Vellacott went even further over the line this week when he subsequently issued a news release which disclosed correspondence between himself and Wagner's grateful mother.

The release carried the headline: "Intended as edification and encouragement for others."

Rae says that can be interpreted as inciting others to break the law, which in itself is a criminal offence.

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Geographic location: OTTAWA, Toronto

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