Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Judges and Jehovah

Judges, again, are ignoring the Charter. At least one judge, in my opinion, is.

In this case, a young woman who does not wish to have a blood transfusion is being forced to. In fact, the woman fled from BC to Ontario in order to escape the order. Now, the judge is forcing the woman back to BC for treatment.

This appears prima facie against the Charter of Rights section 6(2):

Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right

a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and
b) to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.
It sounds like this right of living in Ontario is abrogated.

She is not breaking any law by refusing blood transfusions, to my knowledge. In fact, she may exit and leave Canada to New York under Section 6(1) to get cancer treatment without blood transfusions.

It appears really insane (pardon the pun) that people who are deemed ineligible to make decisions for themselves are really the victims. That is, insane people and young adults, are at the mercy of doctors, who may circumvent religious beliefs.

What are doctors going to say next? Perhaps they will find something wrong with circumcision and stop Jews and other faiths from practicing it.

1 comment:

Dave said...

Jonathon,

What the media have failed to mention consistently in this case is that there is a legal (child welfare) proceeding underway in British Columbia, and the Ontario judge simply did not have jurisdiction to deal with the matter at hand.

The BC government has taken the position that if this child cannot receive blood during her cancer treatment, she could die. As a former child welfare social worker, I can tell you that the JW's fight this battle a few times a year with their lawyers from New York (the cult's HQ) and always lose.