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.

 

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.

 

The Coalition has spent the last year working with the federal government and provincial governments across Canada to ensure conscience protections are in place for doctors, facilities and other health care providers in Canada.

 

“This hearing is so important for the Coalition and the future of so many doctors in Ontario,” says Larry Worthen, founding member of the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. “Conscience should not be something that is sacrificed.”

 

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario requires doctors to participate in “medical assistance in dying” against their conscience by providing an “effective referral” for their patients. The coalition is asking for an amendment to Bill 84 to protect the conscience rights of physicians and healthcare workers. 

 

Many doctors across the province are unable to participate in this procedure due to their conscience. The Coalition is appearing in front of committee and requesting that Bill 84 includes conscience protections.

 

No other foreign jurisdiction that has legalized assisted suicide requires effective referral. Other provinces, such as Alberta, have been successful in adopting a model that both protects the conscience of doctors as well as providing patients with access to medical assistance in dying.

 

“We are hoping Ontario can follow in the footsteps of other provinces,” says Worthen. “Alberta is a great example of how to provide access and protect conscience rights at the same time.”

 

The coalition and its supporters have sent more than 20,000 letters to Ontario members of provincial parliament requesting a conscience amendment to this legislation and look forward to presenting these requests to members of the committee.

 

About The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience:

 

The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience represents a group of like-minded organizations, including representing more than 110 healthcare facilities (with almost 18,000 care beds and 60,000 staff) and more than 5,000 physicians across Canada , that are committed to protecting conscience rights for faith-based health practitioners and facilities. To learn more, visit CanadiansforConscience.ca