CFC-C Presents Workshop to the First Annual Canadian Conference of “Medical Students for Choice”
Various medical schools across Canada have chapters of “Medical Students for Choice” active on their campuses, but the first annual meeting of all the Canadian chapters was held in London, Ontario on February 8 and 9, 2003.
The conference participants were greeted warmly by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and this was followed by a keynote speech by Judy Rebick, who currently holds the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice at Ryerson University, and who had been in the forefront of the struggle for reproductive rights. A short video entitled “The Issue is Choice” was also shown.
CFC-C had an information table set up throughout the weekend at the “Reproductive Choice Information Fair’. Two of our members also presented a workshop entitled “Religion and Abortion”, which was well attended and very well received by the participants. In the workshop, which was presented by a family physician and a lawyer, the presenters outlined the history of Catholic doctrine on reproductive issues such as contraception and abortion, and also the various lobbying and educational activities of Catholics for a Choice were discussed. This was followed by a practical examination of the ethical issues which may confront both a patient and a physician when a woman is faced with an unwanted pregnancy, and how a doctor or other medical services provider might deal with these.
The CFC-C presenters and the participants then had an interesting discussion on the primacy of conscience and Catholic Church teachings on abortion and birth control.