Canadians shouldn't have to compromise their conscience.

In Canada, everyone has the right to their faith and their conscience. Our national coalition is focused on protecting Canadian doctor's conscience rights by advocating for conscience protection both federally and provincially.

With physician-assisted suicide now legal in Canada, healthcare practitioners and facilities in some provinces are in a compromised position.

Those who cannot support assisted suicide or euthanasia because of their conscience, faith, or commitment to the Hippocratic Oath are forced to compromise their convictions. This is wrong.

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With the passing of euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation in Parliament in 2016, provinces are now implementing what is called "Medical Assistance in Dying" (MAID). The government of Manitoba recently passed Bill 34, which protects doctors, nurses and health professionals from having to provide or aid in the provision of MAID against their conscience. In Ontario, doctors are forced by their regulatory College to refer against their deeply held moral convictions.

The Issue

As of June 17, 2016, it is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada.Despite limited conscience protection in federal legislation (Bill C-14) and freedom of conscience enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, there are still provinces where conscience rights are at risk. 

In Ontario, for example, the College and Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) has abandoned thousands of doctors who cannot provide referrals for medical assistance in dying.

In Manitoba, the government has tabled legislation that would protect doctors, nurses and pharmacists from having to perform or aid in assisted suicide against their conscience. This legislation needs to be supported in the face of opposition. 

Each provincial government needs to be encouraged to take action to ensure that doctors, nurses and pharmacists have their conscience rights protected.

While health care workers respect the decisions of patients, they entered into medicine to save lives, not end them.

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In The News

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