Well, it’s happened. After months and months of “the process”, the “Public Bodies” aka Vancouver General Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital, have decided that enough is enough. (Click on the links for their confidential submissions)
A “Hearing” that would have involved written submissions, was scheduled to take place in May and June.
All just to find out how many abortions were being performed at the said hospitals.
Legal representatives of both hospitals have decided, at the last-minute, hearings should not go on. It’s time to pick up their toys and go home….they just don’t want to play anymore!
Both have applied for a section 56 decision…namely, that the “inquiry” not proceed. Funny they had ample time to make such a request throughout the entire process.
So…it does cause one to ask the question…what are they afraid of? That folks will find out that they perform abortions? Well, the BC Government does that already….in law! I mean, it’s not enough they force hospitals to perform abortions, but to then deny access to how many….?
Could it be the threat of violence? Well, a previous Information and Privacy Commissioner ruled that one out…finding no cause for alarm in the release of abortion statistics….dismissing arguments to the contrary.
So…what could it be sooooo late in the game? Afraid they might lose? That the new Information & Privacy Commissioner might actually have the fortitude to rule against this Information travesty…the making of a topic off-limits?
But maybe not? Although the Information and Privacy Office talks the talk…they have not yet made the decision to walk the walk. They lament the changes made to Freedom of Information….but do little to force the issue. The one and only one time they ever complained about the censorship of abortion-related information, was in 2001, when the law was passed.
Since then, the Culture of Denial took hold. Only silence.
But 5 days to reply to an argument that there should not even BE a hearing? Wow….we knew that the Freedom of Information law, and therefore, the right to information in a free and democratic society, was in shambles.
We had no idea that we’re not even supposed to argue our case. The purveyors of censorship and secrecy know no bounds.