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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 19, 2004

Who says the healing professions have no standards?

A medical student in his last year at the University of Manitoba Medical School will be denied his degree for his unwillingness to partake in any abortion-related activity. The Christian student, who wishes to remain unnamed, received a failing grade in an Obstetrics and Gynecology portion of his program for refusing to perform or refer for any abortive procedure. Three separate appeals to the Medical School have all failed to correct the matter.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 22, 2004 11:45 PM ET USA

    I suppose you may be right that the lawsuit wouldn't hold in Canada. In the U.S., I would think you could sue if the university added this policy after you'd enrolled. At least, for now. But we're only one Democratic presidency away from Canada in this regard.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 20, 2004 2:03 PM ET USA

    Canadians are much too reticent to bother to mention upfront at entrance to Medical School about the requirement to be a Baal worshipping practitioner of infanticide. To do so would be so, how shall we say, American! And Fundamentalist! And non-inclusive!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 20, 2004 10:20 AM ET USA

    Re: I'd think he'd have a pretty good lawsuit against the school. You think? I don't. This is Canada, don't forget. We're so "progressive" in these matters. Since our Supreme Court justices are appointed by the Prime Minister without input from anyone else, they're all Liberal clones.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2004 10:51 PM ET USA

    For those of you in administrative positions, remember the next time you hire a liberal that when that initially self-effacing, humble, likeable guy or gal succeeds you in your position he or she will emerge from that cocoon of charm and guile not a butterfly but a dragon. And that dragon will live to make sure that nobody like you is ever hired again or receives any honor or certification over which he has control. Discrimination on the basis of political beliefs isn't illegal...

  • Posted by: Sterling - Mar. 19, 2004 10:15 PM ET USA

    My fleeting first reaction was similar to that of Ioquinna (sorry, can't hold that name in my head) - in other words, don't go there if you know a school has that policy. But what if all - or most - of the med schools have a similar policy? Unless you're Einstein, I suppose you can't choose from amongst them ALL! So, if enough schools act the way U of Manitoba acted, then the medical field gets restricted to those who say yes to abortion. Not good.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 19, 2004 4:59 PM ET USA

    If wants to have an effect on this case, Pseudodionysius (a Canadian) certainly believes that this is a crime against Christians. Of course, we can safely assume that, due to Lent, the CCCB is right on it -- even though the student may not be a Catholic. This story isn't going away.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2004 4:37 PM ET USA

    Not to sound callous, but was this policy set before or after he entered medical school? If the policy came first, why did he choose that medical school? If not, I'd think he'd have a pretty good lawsuit against the school.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2004 3:32 PM ET USA

    I similarly refused to participate in a family planning clinic sponsored by Planned Parenthood in Dallas during my medical school days (1983-87). The prestigious head of the OB/GYN department was incredulous when I refused his offer to obtain a dispensation from a local Jesuit priest! For a while I thought I would be kicked out of school. Another refusal to participate in a similar clinic during internship forced me to change my internship category. Make no mistake, these knaves hate us.

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