When Eloise Dupuis gave birth to her son in 2016, there were complications where a blood transfusion would have saved her live. However, she refused and died; to the horror of the medical staff and the entire province of Quebec.
Two years later, there was a change in politics and the topic came back up in the media. The parents of Eloise Dupuis, obviously exhausted by the media coverage, wrote a comment to a well known news paper in Quebec. In their opinion, everyone should acknowledge that it was her fundamental right to make a choice in all freedom. Article here.
I am saddened by the conflicting position of Eloise's parents. Yes, everyone should have their freedom of choice. However, Jehovah's Witnesses deny this right to their members by practising ostracism; that is, the loss of absolute contact with all friends and family member. Faced with such a threat, many give in to the excessive pressure of their religious group. Can we really talk about freedom of choice?
I have a lot of sympathy for Eloise's parents; like her, they are victims of their religion which undermines the very freedom promised by our Canadian Charter. It is time we recognize organized ostracism for what it is: A hateful and abusive practice that should be criminalized.