Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 108
  • February 15, 2017 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker: Roger Hutchinson, BSc, BD, MA, ThD, Professor Emeritus, Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto

It is generally assumed that opposition to Charter claims, legislated policies and so forth involve issues of conscience. It is equally important to notice that approval of these issues are also issues for conscience. Justice Bertha Wilson’s ruling in the Morgenthaler case regarding the legalization of abortion, and responses accusing her of simply imposing her own personal ideology, will be used to illustrate this point. Bertha Wilson was a member of the United Church and served on the committee drafting that church’s position on abortion. However, she appealed neither to the authority of that tradition nor to her own personal ideology but to the respected voices of all persons including pregnant women. Her use of a common law approach in dealing with a controversial policy can be used to clarify the role of conscience in responses to the issues of assisting or prolonging death.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required.