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.

Our Coalition Members

In The News

Scarborough health practitioners stand against assisted suicide

Doctors seek protection from policy requiring them to make referral

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OMA Statement: Amendments to Bill 84 fall short

Toronto, April 12, 2017 – Protecting conscientious objection for physicians is an essential aspect of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) that the provincial government has chosen not to include in Bill 84.

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Dying with dignity can’t be forced on doctors — or hospitals: Cohn

Published in the Toronto Star on April 7, 2017.  Click here to read the article on their site.

Coercion is a solution in search of a problem, a dead end when we have pathways to get people where they want to go.

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Read our Open Letter to Members of Provincial Parliament

The Coalition for HealthCare and Conscience has signed an open letter to Ontario MPPs regarding Bill 84 and Conscience Protections. 

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