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CFI Calgary Statement Re: Calgary Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Birth Control

Medicine and Health is one of three broad areas of education and activism that Centre for Inquiry Calgary focuses on. The issue regarding Dr. Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre, and her refusal to prescribe contraceptives based on religious beliefs is of great concern to us and Calgarians. Public polls on this issue through the Calgary Herald, Global News Calgary, and CTV Calgary all show a resounding negative public reaction against this Doctor’s actions.

At Centre for Inquiry Calgary, we strongly disapprove when medical treatment is influenced by personal beliefs, whether they are cultural, religious, moral, bigoted, or racist. All Albertans have the right to receive equal and appropriate care from all Physicians. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms, a person cannot be discriminated against based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

A Physician who refuses medical treatment based on a personal or religious belief is using that as an excuse to force their beliefs onto others and to discriminate. Specifically, when a Physician refuses to prescribe contraceptives because of religious beliefs, they are discriminating against that person, because they have differing religious beliefs.

Under the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta’s policy on Moral or Religious Beliefs Affecting Medical Care, doctors can refuse to provide medical services, but must ensure the patient is offered timely access to those services from another practitioner. In the case of Dr. Chantal Barry of Westglen Medical Centre, timely access is not given. If a Physician refuses to give medical treatment to a patient, we feel that “timely access” should mean “seamless access”.

When Dr. Barry is working alone at the clinic, there is no seamless access for the patients that she has denied medical services to. At a minimum, Dr. Barry should not be permitted to be the sole Doctor on duty at a medical practice to ensure that patients can receive all the necessary medical care entitled to all Canadians.

 

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Some exciting news on the fight for equal marriage rights for everyone…

U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (which wasn’t) and supported the striking down, by a lower court, of California’s Proposition 8. (Read more)

In the U.K. the Church of England still doesn’t like gay marriage, and plans to continue teaching that, but at least recognizes that bullying homosexuals is wrong. How they plan to continue teaching children that homosexuality is “wrong” and “immoral” and, at the same time, discourage bullying is unclear… (Read more)

Of course not everyone espouses such liberal sentiments. Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona (!!!) believes that the government should use the death penalty on murderers, rapists, and homosexuals… He also assures us that he’s a “real” man and not one of those effeminate men who let their wives boss them around (because god forbid married couples make decisions jointly)… (Read more)

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Nate Phelps

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Nathan Phelps spent his childhood subject to the bigotry of his father (Pastor Fred Phelps) in the famed Westboro Baptist Church. After leaving the church 18th birthday, Nate began a long journey of growth and outreach. We are fortunate that his journey has landed him here in Calgary.

Read more about Nate’s incredible experiences on his website.

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Get Involved in CFI Calgary

The Centre for Inquiry | Calgary could use your help!

The best way to get involved with CFI Calgary is to come out and meet us. Our membership is quite diverse, but we are full of friendly people. We always seem to have some sort of social event in the near future. It may be a movie night at a local Nightclub, or a celebration of a skeptical event like Darwin Day, Carl Sagan day or even Pi Day!

You can also join us for Skeptics in the Pub on the first Tuesday of the month. This is a chance to socialize with other like minded individuals and enjoy a drink or two and some great conversation.

We offer many opportunities to become involved in Skeptical, Human Rights, and Secular activities. We are a community of like minded people who share many skeptical viewpoints, but many of us also want to be a proactive and positive force in the world. The “A-Team”, is a group of Atheists / Skeptics trying to make a difference in Calgary through volunteer work. Previous projects have included a Calgary Pathway Cleanup and helping to clean up the High River flood damage.

Sounds interesting?  All of our events are listed on Facebook or on Meetup.