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Canadian doctors’ right to freedom of conscience under attack

Lutheran Church–Canada

A draft human rights policy from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) released in late 2014 has critics concerned the policy will restrict the religious and moral freedoms of physicians in Ontario.

Historically, the CPSO has recognized the right of doctors to refuse to provide non-emergency treatment to patients when such treatment conflicts with the physicians’ moral or religious beliefs. The new policy would force doctors to refer patients to other physicians willing to provide such treatment.

“[The] draft policy has deeply disturbed health service providers and patients,” writes Executive Director Larry Worthern of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (CMDS), along with Albertos Polizogopoulos, a constitutional law expert with Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP/s.r.l. The CMDS represents 1600 physicians across Canada.

“The draft policy forces physicians to do certain procedures or prescribe certain pharmaceuticals against their own moral or religious convictions in some cases,” the authors continue, “or to make a formal referral to another doctor in others. In doing so the CPSO has drafted a policy that violates Canadian law.”

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January 7, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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