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.

We need your help now to ensure Canadians’ faith and conscience rights are protected.

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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). In Ontario and Nova Scotia, doctors are forced by their regulatory College to refer against their deeply held moral convictions, and there is pressure on faith-based institutions to allow MAID on the premises. Write a letter to your provincial legislator using the link below.

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 passed Bill 34, a legislation that protects doctors, nurses and pharmacists from having to perform or aid in the provision of assisted suicide against their conscience. This bill passed with support from all parties after Manitoba legislators received over 14,000 letters through our Call for Conscience campaign.

Each provincial government needs to be encouraged to create legislation that ensures 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

Jewish care home accuses doctor of 'sneaking in and killing someone'

A faith-based nursing home has filed a complaint against a medical-assistance-in-dying doctor, accusing her of “sneaking in and killing someone” at the Orthodox Jewish home against the centre’s policy.

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Why are women with disabilities being given help to die, instead of help to live?

People with disabilities and their caregivers are at risk for being made to say yes to medical assistance in dying when they don't want to.

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In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with one assisted suicide group saying they may challenge this legislation in court.

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Contradictory values fuel assisted-dying debate

"I was the medical director of palliative care at St. Boniface during the service’s first 15 years. I am not a Roman Catholic. I have publicly supported medical assistance in dying (MAID)."

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