Lawyers for some of the Vancouver rescuers sentenced under the civil and the criminal codes have filed appeals challenging the rulings of two B.C. Supreme Court judges.

The actions filed in B.C. Court of Appeal challenge Justice Lloyd MacKenzie’s injunction, the civil convictions and sentences, the award of costs to the abortion ‘clinic’ and the criminal convictions and sentences.

Lawyer Paul Formby’s appeal papers claim MacKenzie ‘erred in relying excessively on the law.”  He is challenging MacKenzie’s ruling that women have a legal right to abortion; that the defendants had no right to defend unborn babies; and that the abortion clinic is a legitimate business.

Lawyer Humphrey Waldock states that Justice Josiah Wood erred “in failing to hold the power of a judge is subject to God.”  The judge erred, he states, in holding only Parliament can determine what is wrong, and in ruling that a court order has a higher value than the saving of an innocent life.

The civil appeals leave must be granted by the Court before they can go ahead.

The criminal appeals can go ahead without leave.