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NOVA SCOTIA, November 24, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian province will now cover the cost of “breast reduction” surgery for gender-confused women.

According to a Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance (MSI) bulletin dated November 4, the “diagnoses of Persistent and Well Documented Gender Dysphoria” has now been added “to the list of criteria for MSI coverage for a breast reduction.”

“Approved GAS applications must be on file and the request for approval must come from the NS physician who will be providing this service,” reads the bulletin.

According to a Global News report from November 10, a press release from Dalhousie Legal Aid Services claims that the Nova Scotia government was now covering breast reduction surgeries is due to a complaint filed to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

The Global News report says that the Legal Aid press release states that a person who goes by the name of Sebastian Gaskarth filed the complaint after Gaskarth had surgery but was told afterward that MSI would not cover the cost.

According to the Global News report, Gaskarth said “I identify as a non-binary person, the irony of that is that I have to explain myself as what I’m not, so I’m not a man and I’m not a woman.”

“It’s one thing to grow up in a society that’s binary, but to see that this surgery is available it definitely affirms those people that don’t fit into either of those categories neatly,” Gaskarth was quoted as saying in the Global News report.

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A Coptic Christian immigrant to Canada has been expelled from the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine for refusing to change his personal beliefs about the value of life from conception and the right to own firearms.

Rafael Zaki, who emigrated from Egypt with his parents to escape religious persecution, has wound up being subjected to another form of persecution...this time, in Manitoba.

Indeed, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees Rafael's fundamental rights such as the freedom of expression and the freedom of religion.

Please SIGN this petition to Manitoba's Minister of Economic Development and Training, Mr. Ralph Eichler, asking him to initiate an independent investigation into Rafael's case, and to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

Justice for Rafael must be swift and commensurate with the persecution he has endured at the hands of the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine.

The trouble for Rafael began in 2019, when anonymous accusers claimed that pro-life and pro-gun rights posts on his personal Facebook account made them feel "unsafe."

Unbelievably, these anonymous accusers even equated Zaki's being pro-life to his being "misogynistic and hostile to women" when nothing could be further from the truth!

But, an investigation of Zaki's posts was then undertaken, and he was ordered to attend seven "remediation" sessions with the College's Associate Dean for Undergraduate medical education, Dr. Ira Ripstein.

Immediately after he was notified of the accusations, Zaki removed the post which other people found unacceptable.

Then, he issued TEN apologies, five to his peers and five to his professors.

But, even after removing the posts and apologizing profusely, and attending the seven "remediation" sessions, Dr. Ripstein still wasn't impressed by Zaki's apparent contrition because he surmised that the young med student had not changed his beliefs.

And, why should he change his beliefs?!?

It is Rafael's right to hold pro-life and pro-gun rights views and express them publicly, as long as he did not bring university business into the conversation - which he did not.

And, the university has absolutely no right to insist that one of its students change his or her sincerely held beliefs which are not objectively hateful or incite violence.

But, in the end, Rafael was expelled from the University of Manitoba's College of Medicine, with Dr. Ira Ripstein seeming to act as Rafael's judge, jury and executioner.

So, right now, it is essential that Manitoba's Minister of Economic Development and Training, Ralph Eichler, launch an independent investigation into the treatment of Rafael Zaki at the hands of the College's administration.

We are calling for swift justice for Rafael Zaki so that he doesn't lose another minute of medical study to these chilling attacks on his freedom of speech and religion.

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In 2014, the Liberal government of Nova Scotia began to pay for “sex-reassignment” surgery, however, excluded were “chest masculinization and/or chest contouring, which typically involve liposuction and implants.”

Included at the time were mastectomies, “which can be part of a transition from female to male,” claimed the health department.

In 2018, a biological male, “Serina” Slaunwhite, who now lives as a transgender “woman” launched a human rights complaint against the government of Nova Scotia’s health department for not agreeing to fund the cost of breast implants.

In 2019, Nova Scotia began to cover breast augmentation surgery for biological males who claim to be female. Before this, Nova Scotia had only been paying for breast reduction surgery for people born female but say they are male.

A spokesperson for Campaign Life Coalition Nova Scotia Ruth Robert told LifeSiteNews that taxpayer money should not go to the funding “non-essential services” which push “political agendas.”

“It's hardly shocking that the Nova Scotia government has taken this step since such surgeries are already available for transgender individuals. Taxpayer money should not go to fund non-essential services, let alone ones that seem to be pushed for political agendas and have been known to cause deep pain and regret,” Roberts said.

“It is appalling that our money would be used to fund such surgeries, simply to appease the desires of the LGBTQ+ lobby,” she continued, adding: “People are welcome to their opinions, and can lobby for what they please, but I expect my dollars to fund necessary and helpful surgeries instead of those based in ideology rather than sound practice and good scientific research.”

Toronto psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Berger told LifeSiteNews in 2017 that those who use surgery or hormone treatment to appear as a member of the opposite sex ultimately live unhappy lives.

“Medically speaking, they’re just unhappy with who they are,” Berger told LifeSiteNews.

“And no, radical surgery, trying to change the external body configuration, plus hormones, I don’t think is the ideal treatment for unhappiness.”

Last year, Nova Scotia allowed people the option to choose a gender “X” on their driver's license birth certificate, and other forms of identification.

At the time, Jack Fonseca from Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) told LifeSiteNews that the government move was “harmful” and that they were trying to “force its citizenry, en masse, to deny scientific fact and biological reality.”

In late October of this year, the controversial Canadian Bill C-6 passed second reading in the House of Commons. If it becomes law, the bill would criminalize offering help to those wanting to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

Only days after Bill C-6 passed second reading, a Vancouver Supreme Court judge signed a temporary injunction which banned surgeons to perform a planned double mastectomy on a gender-confused 17-year-old girl, after pleas from the girl's mom were heard.

CLC created a website called https://stoptheban.ca/, to “fight” the “conversion therapy ban” which features ex-homosexuals and ex-transgendered people who oppose Bill C-6.

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