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.