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

The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience speaks

TORONTO (March 22, 2017) - The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience will be speaking in front of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in reference to Bill 84: Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Amendment Act on March 23, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

 

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‘Take my name off the list, I can’t do any more’: Some doctors backing out of assisted death

Published in the National Post on February 26, 2016. Click here to read the article on their site.

Some doctors who have helped the gravely ill end their lives are no longer willing to participate in assisted death because of emotional distress or fear of prosecution if their decisions are second-guessed, according to their colleagues.

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Should doctors be forced to act against their conscience?

Should doctors be forced to act against their conscience? Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the CMDS and founding member of the Coalition appears on AM 900 in Hamilton to discuss. 

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Dr. Coelho's ‘crazy’ battle for conscience rights

Published in the Catholic Register on February 19, 2017. Click here to read the article on their site.

It’s not surprising patients fall in love with Dr. Ramona Coelho. Not just because she’s a young, pretty doctor who smiles easily, laughs frequently and focuses her attention completely on whoever is talking to her.

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