Medical Student Being Failed at University of Manitoba for Not Providing Abortion Option

Thu Mar 18, 2004 - 12:15 pm EST

WINNIPEG, March 18, 2004 ( - A medical student in his last year at the University of Manitoba Medical School will be denied his degree for his unwillingness to partake in any abortion-related activity.  The Christian student, who wishes to remain unnamed, received a failing grade in an Obstetrics and Gynecology portion of his program for refusing to perform or refer for any abortive procedure.  Three separate appeals to the Medical School have all failed to correct the matter.  Carolee Neufeld, a friend of the family who is has been issuing calls for prayer and taking correspondence told that the failure stands despite the fact that the student has high grades in every area of study and strong words of affirmation from clinical supervisors.

The failing grade was first challenged on October 31 last year, two subsequent appeals to the Medical School have also failed to reverse the failing grade.  The last challenge was on March 3, 2004 when the student appeared before the highest-level appeal committee within the Faculty of Medicine.  The student learned of the rejection of his latest plea last Friday.  The student is considering his next moves.  The next level of appeal would be to the senate of the University of Manitoba. He is being supported by several pro-life doctors in Manitoba, who are concerned about the university’s intolerance.  CJOB Radio News in Winnipeg covered the story briefly today.  Dr. Brian Magwood Associate Dean at the Faculty of Medicine told CJOB that university policy states that students are obligated to tell patients about all treatment options which fall within the medical standard of care.  One of the doctors supporting the student, Winnipeg physician, Dr. Frederick Ross told CJOB many doctors swore to protect human life “from the moment of conception” when they took the Hippocratic Oath.  Dr. Ross called on the University of Manitoba to give room to people of conscience.  Prayers are requested for the student and his family as they proceed with their case and for the stress and hardship the situation has caused.  Messages of support for the student and his family can be sent to:  [email protected]   To express your concerns to the University of Manitoba   Dr. Brian K.E. Hennen   University of Manitoba   Dean, Faculty of Medicine   753 McDermot Ave., Room A101 WINNIPEG MB R3E 0W3 Phone: 204-789-3485   Fax: (204) 789-3928   E-mail: [email protected]

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