A Canadian nurse who publicly supported famed “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and insists that men cannot become women, is at risk of losing her job as she faces a hearing from a national medical board.
As far back as November 2020, Amy Eileen Hamm, a single mother with two young sons, has faced an investigation from the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) after two people had lodged complained about her, according to the nurse. She is now in the midst of a three-day hearing, after which she will face another hearing in October.
“I was denounced with the slur ‘TERF’ (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), which was in 2016,” Hamm wrote in April 2022 in Quillette. The term “TERF” has also been used by transgender activists to target Rowling, for whom Hamm helped put up a billboard expressing her support, simply writing, “I ♥ JK Rowling.”
Once she became aware of the threat to her livelihood, Hamm initially hired attorney Lisa Bildy, then with Canada’s Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms explaining, “I had no assurances that my union-provided legal representative wouldn’t be ideologically sympathetic with my accusers.”
“And as it turned out, this was a good call: My province’s nurses’ union has since lobbied the Canadian government (without, to my knowledge, consulting members) to pass a controversial bill that threatens healthcare workers with prison time if they do not immediately ‘affirm’ the stated gender of any patient, no matter how young,” she added.
Hamm is adamant about her opposition to the radical gender theory sweeping Canada and the U.S.
“Men are not women. Humans are a dimorphic species,” Hamm wrote in her April article. “Women and men are biologically different from one another. Women and girls have sex-based rights as a result of those differences. Those rights are under threat. This is the truth. It has always been the truth. Speaking the truth should not be a punishable offense.”
The Justice Centre issued a July 2021 press release expressing concern that activists are “weaponizing” agencies that regulate professions in a bid to force people to adopt radical ideologies. The agencies use lengthy disciplinary procedures, even when the complaints are from activists and not clients or, in Hamm’s case, patients, the group said.
“The Justice Centre’s submissions defend the right of health professionals to express their opinions on matters of policy in the public square and argue that everyone is entitled to freedom of thought, belief, opinion, and expression, as guaranteed by the Charter—including health professionals,” they added.
Hamm has said her case was important for the future of nurses and midwives throughout Canada.
“If I win my case, I believe that the dividends will accrue to nurses and midwives all across my province, and maybe even the whole country. The precedent will help ensure that we can call out gender-identity ideology without fear of reprisal or loss of livelihood,” Hamm said.
Just days before the initial hearing, Hamm has not been reticent to make her views known.
“This is not a normal disciplinary hearing,” Bildy said in her opening submission for the hearing, according to The Post Millenial. “You will not hear about a nurse who sexually abused a patient … who mishandled narcotics … or who assaulted elderly patients. You will hear about a nurse with over 10 years experience, who has an exemplary career … and has never once had a patient complaint against her.”