Thank you to all those who have joined the coalition in recent months, writing to our elected officials to express our deep concerns about Bill C-14 and the protection of conscience rights.
The reality is that Bill C-14 has passed and is now the law in our country. While we oppose any form of assisted suicide, we acknowledge that some wording to protect conscience rights is present in both the preamble and text of the bill indicating that no one should be compelled to participate in physician-assisted suicide. We believe this is, in large part, due to the efforts of so many who expressed concerns about protecting our health care workers and institutions.
However, our Coalition remains concerned that physicians in Nova Scotia may be required to refer for physician-assisted suicide despite their conscientious objections.
No other foreign jurisdiction that has legalized assisted suicide requires doctors to perform or refer for this procedure. Other provinces have already implemented guidelines to protect doctors who object to providing or referring for assisted suicide.
We need your help to protect the conscience rights of doctors in Nova Scotia. Send a letter to the Minister of Health and let him know conscience rights matter.