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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Hear from our Ontario Doctors

Doctors and other healthcare workers in Ontario are in an impossible position thanks to the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Due to the policy of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), Ontario physicians are now forced to refer for “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.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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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

Michelle Carter case is the next step in the increasing normalization of suicide

Time was when you were supposed to try to talk someone out of suicide, even physically prevent them from trying

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Ontario doctors challenge policy forcing referrals for medically assisted dying

College's rules infringe on doctors' right to object on conscientious, religious grounds, groups argue

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Ontario's assisted-dying law plagued by service woes

The number of Ontario clinicians registered to participate in medical aid in dying has fallen dramatically since the provincial government set up a new co-ordination program that was supposed to improve access for the grievously ill while easing the moral burden on physicians who object to referring patients for assisted death.

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