Religious rights appeal launched

CBC, Nov. 18, 2002

CALGARY – The lawyers representing Jehovah’s Witness who was at the centre of a dispute over blood transfusions to treat her leukemia. She died in September. She had just turned 16-years-old.

Judge Alberta Vickery ruled she could not hear a case about whether Bethany’s rights were abused by a court order that put her under provincial care. She said her court didn’t have the jurisdiction to hear that argument because the guardianship order ended when Bethany’s leukemia became incurable.

“Judge Vickery said that she had no jurisdiction to hear Bethany’s case because the temporary guardianship had been dismissed,” says Bethany’s lawyer, David Gnam.

“Our contention is that yes she did have jurisdiction, and we’d like to have the Court of Queen’s Bench hear the issue.”

Gnam says it’s a very narrow legal issue that will take less than a day to argue. But he says it will be many months before they’ll make their appearance in court.

Vacation? Short break? Day trip? Get Skip-the-line tickets at GetYourGuide.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog, or if not shown above)

Religion News Blog posted this on Saturday November 23, 2002.
Last updated if a date shows here:


More About This Subject


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission -- at no additional cost to you -- for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate, Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this research service free of charge.

Speaking of which: One way in which you can support us — at no additional cost to you — is by shopping at