Sextuplets' parents fight government
Toronto Star, Canada - 2 hours ago
...rights were violated it would make a declaration that it shouldn't have happened, giving the family a moral remedy, said Brady, a Jehovah's Witness.
BC sextuplet parents taking fight to courtCTV.ca
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Want court to rule that constitutional rights violated
Apr 16, 2007 02:30 AM
VANCOUVER–The parents of Canada's first sextuplets are heading to court today to fight the B.C. government's seizure of their babies for potentially life-saving blood transfusions.
Their lawyer, Shane Brady, said his clients want the court to rule that their constitutional rights were violated.
"They were never given an opportunity to defend themselves," Brady said.
The parents are Jehovah's Witnesses, whose religion forbids blood transfusions under any circumstance.
The parents' names, and those of their four surviving children – two boys and two girls – are under a publication ban.
Two of the six premature children died soon after their birth on Jan. 7 – almost three months before their due date.
On Feb. 21, the parents were to appear in B.C. Supreme Court to appeal the Liberal government's decision to allow doctors to give transfusions to three of their kids, but the court battle was postponed.
Brady said the parents want to pursue the appeal even though the government gave control of their children's medical future back to them after they started court proceedings.
"(The parents) want some answers and they want the court to say that what happened was unfair and shouldn't have happened." Brady said the government authorized the transfusions despite the parents' belief that they were medically unnecessary.
If the court agrees that the parents' rights were violated it would make a declaration that it shouldn't have happened, giving the family a moral remedy, said Brady, a Jehovah's Witness.