A pressing matter has been brought to light in Canada, exposing the discrimination faced by individuals seeking life-saving transplant surgeries. It has become a disturbing trend to deny these treatments solely based on the individual’s choice not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
One individual speaking out against this injustice is Pastor Henry Hildebrandt, who has been known for his unwavering stance against discrimination throughout the pandemic. He questions the logic behind donating organs to a government that discriminates against personal choices, whether they are related to religion or bodily autonomy.
Hildebrandt has voiced his concerns on social media, stating, “Are you an organ donor in Canada? I believe it’s time to put that on hold until our government stops fatally discriminating against its citizens.” He empathizes with the family of Garnet Harper, who tragically passed away and was denied a kidney transplant due to his vaccination status. Another individual, Sheila Lewis, is also struggling to receive proper care for her transplant as a result of the discriminatory policy.
The case of Garnet Harper highlights the dire consequences of this discrimination. Harper, a 35-year-old father of five, was diagnosed with stage five kidney disease and desperately needed a kidney transplant to survive. However, he was denied the life-saving procedure solely due to his decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Tragically, similar stories are emerging across the country. Sheila Annette Lewis in Alberta and Joanie Dupuis in Montreal are among those facing the dire consequences of this discriminatory policy. Sheila Lewis has taken her case to court, seeking justice against this grave injustice. However, the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled that the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for organ transplant patients do not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To make matters even worse, the Supreme Court of Canada has declined to hear the case, leaving many feeling powerless in their fight for their rights.
Amidst these distressing circumstances, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt continues to speak out against the discrimination faced by vulnerable individuals. He emphasizes the urgent need for attention, compassion, and a fair resolution to protect the rights and lives of all Canadians.
It is important to address this issue and find a fair solution that upholds the rights and dignity of individuals seeking life-saving transplant surgeries. Discrimination based on personal choices, especially when it comes to medical treatment, should not be tolerated. All individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, deserve equal access to life-saving treatments without fear of discrimination.