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 Ontario doctors from the regulatory requirements from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario by advocating for conscience protection in upcoming provincial legislation (Bill 84).

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 could be forced to compromise their convictions. They shouldn't have to.

Our coalition stands opposed to assisted suicide.

We need your help now to ensure Canadians’ faith and conscience rights are protected in the province of Ontario.

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Hear from our Doctors

Doctors and other healthcare workers are in an impossible position thanks to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia and the position taken by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO). Due to college policy physicians are now forced to refer for, or participate in what they call “medical assistance in dying” (MAID). No other country in the world forces physicians to act against their moral convictions or personal beliefs. Why won’t Ontario protect health care workers?

The Issue

As of June 17, 2016, it is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada. Almost every other province has created a process to provide MAID without compromising healthcare provider’s consciences. Ontario’s newly introduced legislation, Bill 84, does not include any conscience protections.

Despite limited conscience protection in federal legislation (Bill C-14) and freedom of conscience enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the CPSO has abandoned thousands of doctors who cannot provide referrals for medical assistance in dying. In fact, they are threatening to investigate these doctors and some even suggest they should move into cosmetic surgery or sports medicine or out of medicine entirely.

While health care workers respect the decision of patients, these doctors entered into medicine to save lives, not end them.

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Take Action – Join the Call for Conscience Campaign – February 6 – March 31, 2017

We need your help now to change policies in many provinces, most urgently in Ontario, where Bill 84 (Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act) was introduced on December 7, 2016. Sign up to join the Call for Conscience today!

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Protecting Conscience Rights

The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience represents a group of like-minded organizations that are committed to protecting conscience rights for healthcare practitioners and facilities.

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In The News

Assisted suicide too much like playing God

Published in the Toronto Star on July 18, 2016. Click here to read the article on their site.

Two years ago, when assisted suicide legislation had been again on the agenda in Canada, I wrote on this page: “My faith teaches that life is God’s gift and, therefore, sacred. For humans to take it away in murder or suicide is criminal and sinful. Despite its claim to compassion, assisted suicide may be of that ilk.”

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Interview: Larry Worthen interviewed on Salt and Light Television

Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, and one of the leadership team at the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience recently appeared on Salt and Light. 

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Assisted dying: Focus on support for the suffering, not hastened death

Published in the Globe and Mail on July 7, 2016. Click here to read the article on their site.

A stubborn religious minority is beginning to push back against medical assistance in dying as it’s outlined in Bill C-14. Mennonites who run Salem Home in Winkler, Man., spend about $10-million a year of taxpayers’ money for end-of-life care. And they are making a few rules of their own on doctor-assisted death.

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Ontario physicians oppose referrals for assisted suicide, seek judicial review of CPSO requirement

TORONTO, ONT. (June 20, 2016) – The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience, representing more than 5,000 physicians and 100 healthcare facilities across Canada, is heartened that federal legislation for assisted suicide specifically states that no one should be compelled to participate in euthanasia.

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