Feb 03 2007
The latest rights versus religion debate around the Vancouver sextuplets is getting one-sided press coverage – as it should.
The Jehovah’s Witness parents are attempting to stay out of the limelight, preferring sound-bites from their lawyer over full-on media access over their decision to withold potentially life-saving blood transfusion treatment from their babies on religious grounds.
By default, the BC government and medical authority’s move to temporarily take the babies out of the parents’ custody to give them the treatment is getting a lot more face time in front of the cameras to defend their position. So far, it doesn’t seem that journalists have felt the need to go out of their way to balance up the story. That’s good.
While the limitation on the rights of the unborn were settled in Canada fairly recently, the rights of the born are quite clear. Their right to life trumps religious convictions every time.