By Jonathon Van Maren
NOTE: THIS STORY IS STILL DEVELOPING. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE SOON.
Bill 207, which would have recognize the right of medical professionals to decline to participate in procedures that conflict with their consciences in Alberta, was killed last night at committee in an 8 to 2 vote—with four United Conservative Party MLAs voting against sending the conscience protections legislation on to debate.
The reason? Simple. Despite the fact that the legislation, put forward by Peace River UCP MLA Dan Williams, simply ensured that healthcare providers could not be disciplined or sued if they declined to provide a service that conflicted with their conscience, this was considered unacceptable by both Canadian progressives and the UCP cowards that enabled them. Those UCP MLAs, who will now possibly face nomination challenges, are Jeremy Nixon (Calgary-Klein), Nathan Horner (Drumheller-Stettler), Nathan Neudorf (Lethbridge-East), and R.J. Sigurdson (Highwood.)
Anyone who lives in those areas and is interested in getting involved to hold them to account for this decision, send me a message or say so in the comments. I will connect you with the efforts getting underway.
Additionally, UCP MLAs Peter Guthrie, Leela Aheer, and Doug Schweitzer campaigned against conscience protections in the media almost as loudly as the abortion activists and LGBTQ activists who want to force medical professionals to heed their commands. These people are worse than progressives, because they claim to be conservatives of some sort while denying a right so basic it is listed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This wasn’t even a debate about abortion or assisted suicide, simply about the right of medical professionals not to participate or refer to practices they accurately see as killing. But that’s not good enough, because in Canada, progressives want to force everyone to participate in some way. Of even more concern to those howling about the bill, apparently, was the transgender issue—they are concerned that Bill 207 would allow medical professionals to opt out of granting assistance or referral to kids who want to get sex changes.
If Canada’s so-called conservative movement is so terrified of progressives that they do not dare to stand up for the right of medical professionals to simply not participate and violate their consciences, in Alberta, with a United Conservative Party majority government and a socially conservative premier, then there really is nothing that can be accomplished politically until the conservative movement feels the sting. It is true that social conservatives are too small a group to win on our own. But we are a large enough movement to cost them nominations, leaderships, and entire elections.
They can’t win without us in the coalition, and it is now past time to illustrate that fact for them.