A Canadian woman has been denied lifesaving surgery due to her refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
In 2019, Sheila Annette Lewis began a battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a condition which is extremely deadly and can require organ transplants for survival as it did in Lewis’ case.
However, a judge has ruled that Canada’s requirement that surgery patients must be vaccinated against COVID-19 stands, and Lewis has been denied an organ transplant.
A partial statement from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, who represented Lewis in court, read as follows:
“An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to the decision of an organ transplant team, which requires candidates to be vaccinated for Covid prior to their organ transplant. The Justice Centre represents Sheila Annette Lewis, who has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal condition. She brought an application in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench asking that the court uphold her Charter-protected right to conscience, bodily autonomy, and freedom to choose without coercion.”
A later point in the statement discusses Lewis’ attempt to file an expert report with several doctors, all of whom supported her arguments.
“In support of her Charter arguments, Ms. Lewis filed expert reports from two immunologists, Dr. Bonnie Mallard and Dr. Byram Bridle, who is also a vaccinologist,” it read. “Their expert reports and oral testimony illustrated that the Covid vaccines are still in clinical trials and will be in clinical trials until late 2022 at the earliest, and that the peer reviewed research and raw scientific data lead them to seriously question the safety and efficacy of the Covid vaccines as compared to traditional vaccines that have been around for decades.”
“She also filed an expert report from a surgeon with a Masters in Health Care Ethics, Dr. Benjamin Turner, who testified that the benefit of vaccination for Ms. Lewis was so small that it was unethical to require her to get the Covid vaccine prior to her transplant,” it continued. “Justice Belzil declined to address the scientific and ethical arguments advanced because he determined that the Charter did not apply to the treating physicians.”
Canadian Conservative News Outlet Rebel News said that they interviewed Lewis. They said that, “For her own reasons, Ms. Lewis has not and will not take this experimental jab.”
John Carpay of the Post Millennial called the ruling a “cruel judgment” that “upholds the medical coercion to which Ms. Lewis has already suffered for more than a year. This ruling is founded on Justice Belzil’s unwillingness to actually consider, analyze, and weigh the scientific evidence which Ms. Lewis and AHS placed before the court.”
“For the court to pretend that the denial of life-saving surgery to Ms. Lewis is merely the individual judgment of individual physicians treating an individual patient is to ignore the reality of a government policy that applies to all patients.” Carpay said