Le Journal de Montréal – 12th November 2018
Eloise Dupuis’ aunt wants to meet Legault
The CAQ had demanded actions after the death of the woman
The aunt of Éloïse Dupuis, a Jehovah’s Witness who died after refusing a blood transfusion, asks the Legault government to hold a parliamentary commission on sectarian abuses.
“They killed my niece, nothing less, and they will kill others,” says Manon Boyer. On October 12, 2016, Éloïse Dupuis died after refusing a blood transfusion, as advocated by Jehovah’s Witnesses, following her delivery by caesarean section. The child has survived.
Manon Boyer recalls that at the time, the CAQ had campaigned for a parliamentary commission to “study the evaluation of free and informed consent” when a person receives care in hospital.
In addition, François Legault’s troops proposed that a judge be responsible for ensuring that a patient does not undergo external pressure when refusing treatment.
Portrait of the situation
“Mr. Legault is now in power, then I request a meeting with him and I hope strongly that it will set up a parliamentary committee so that there is an investigation of sectarianism,” said the lady that militates against Jehovah’s witnesses since the death of his niece.
The committee would draw a portrait of the situation in Quebec and adapt Acts, she believes.
Although the coroner in charge of the case has determined that Éloïse Dupuis has refused the transfusion without pressure from her religious community, Manon Boyer believes that it is impossible to speak of free consent in her case.
“These people have no choice,” she says. When Eloise was born, her parents were already Jehovah’s Witnesses. All her life, she was taught that if she took blood, she would not have the right to eternal paradise. ”
Change the laws
For this reason, Manon Boyer refuses to settle for a simple validation of consent by a judge. The laws must be changed, she says, so that “there are no more deaths like that of Eloise”.
At the Prime Minister’s office, we refuse to comment on requests for meetings with François Legault.
“We will take the time to analyze the file before responding,” said his spokesman, Valerie Noel-Letourneau.
A FEW DAYS AFTER THE DEATH OF THE YOUNG WOMAN
“I can not believe that in Quebec, people are allowed to die because of their religious beliefs. […] We must see how we can fix that, but it is unacceptable, it’s sad, it’s catastrophic. It does not represent what we are in Quebec. “
– François Legault
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