Articles Tagged ‘Conscience Legislation’

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REAL Women launches petition to protect freedom of religion

REAL Women of Canada has launched a petition calling on Parliament to counteract the “discrimination currently being experienced by Christians in Canada” and is gathering signatures for its September presentation in the House of Commons. The petition asks the government “to permit Christians to robustly exercise their religious beliefs and conscience rights,” which are protected under the Charter and the Canadian Bill of Rights. It requests that Parliament amend the Criminal Code sections governing assisted suicide and euthanasia and the “to ... (Continue reading)

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Voting your conscience

Voting your conscience

At a recent American political convention, in an election season already rife with diatribes, leaks, and gaffes, three little words caused remarkable outrage. What could whip up the winds of controversy so quickly and garner such a fierce response? Simply the exhortation to “vote your conscience.” That this unassuming statement could cause such a firestorm of opposition only proves its importance while showing what vital principles are under pressure ... (Continue reading)

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Legislators must pass conscience rights laws

National Affairs Rory Leishman On Jan. 26, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario decreed that any physician who declines for reasons of conscience or religion to provide physician-assisted death upon request must promptly refer the patient to a readily available physician who has no compunction about killing a patient or assisting a patient in committing suicide. A similar rule is also in effect in Saskatchewan and ... (Continue reading)

Ontario ratifies policy forcing doctors to take part in euthanizing patients

Christian doctors opposed to assisted suicide or euthanasia must refer suicidal patients to doctors willing to kill them under a controversial policy ratified Jan. 26 by the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ governing council. One critic calls the decision a “rubber stamp” while a spokesman for Christian and other pro-life doctors says his clients will sue the College for violating doctors’ freedom of conscience. The policy mandates that doctors administer euthanasia or assisted suicide – Physician Assisted Dying or PAD ... (Continue reading)

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Christian doctors suggest amendments to Saskatchewan conscience policy

Three physicians groups have submitted their concerns to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan about its conscientious objection policy which they say would force some doctors to choose between their livelihood and violating their conscience if the policy is implemented without changes. The Christian Medical and Dental Society, Canadian Physicians for Life, and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, submitted their suggested changes to the policy that was approved in principle by the Council of the CPSS in ... (Continue reading)

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Conscience rights under assault in Ontario, Saskatchewan

The Supreme Court’s doctor-assisted suicide decision gives greater urgency to the concerns of physicians who are fighting to maintain conscience rights in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Feb. 20 was the deadline for feedback to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on a draft policy -- “Professional Obligations and Human Rights” -- proposing to force Ontario physicians to refer for and potentially even carry out abortions, prescriptions for contraceptives, and assisted suicide. The deadline for feedback to the College of Physicians ... (Continue reading)

College of physicians seeks end to conscience rights for Ontario doctors

College of physicians seeks end to conscience rights for Ontario doctors

The College Council of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is seeking input during an “external consultation” on a draft policy that would force doctors to do abortions and vasectomies and prescribe contraception, even if it violated their moral or religious beliefs. The OCPS is seeking public input until Feb. 20, which is a continuation of the consultation process that began last year as the College sought to update ... (Continue reading)

U.S. Supreme Court permits companies to exercise religious freedom

Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood not forced to supply contraception in employee medical insurance benefits  On June 30, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Hobby Lobby, an American hobby supply chain, and Conestoga Wood, a custom cabinet maker, cannot be compelled to provide abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans. The 5-4 majority decision in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell found that closely-held for-profit corporations are protected by the Religious ... (Continue reading)

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Freedom from conscience

Freedom from conscience

On June 24, Joan Chand’oiseau saw a sign at the front desk of the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary: “The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” The sign, put up only when Dr. Chantal Barry is the sole physician at the clinic, so offended the would-be birth-controller that she has since made the good doctor’s principled objection her casus belli for a modern-day, social-media ... (Continue reading)

Freedom of conscience

“Freedom of conscience can be adequately accommodated in a society characterized by a plurality of moral and political viewpoints if appropriate distinctions are made. The first of these is the distinction between the exercise of perfective freedom of conscience: pursuing an apparent good - and preservative freedom of conscience: refusing to participate in wrongdoing. The state can sometimes legitimately limit perfective freedom of conscience by preventing people from doing what they believe to be good, but it does not follow ... (Continue reading)

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Medical marijuana and conscience rights

Some Canadian physicians are anxious that regulatory changes will pressure doctors to prescribe marijuana. Dr. William Pope, the registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, told the Winnipeg Free Press in January that the college is worried that federal reforms will lead more patients to ask doctors for marijuana. “As far as most of us are concerned, there is really no appropriate prescribing,” he said. Physicians are now permitted to dispense marijuana with the approval of the province. ... (Continue reading)

Conscience and coercion

Conscience and coercion

In her study, The Origins of Totalitarianism, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt notes that all declarations of human rights have overlooked the most essential human right of all, a right so obvious that it only emerged after massive numbers of stateless people appeared in the aftermath of World War II: without a nation state which could bestow upon them the rights enumerated by Enlightenment philosophes, these displaced persons lacked the right ... (Continue reading)

Saskatchewan doctors’ regulator releases abortion guidelines

Saskatchewan doctors’ regulator releases abortion guidelines

Media gets story wrong about conscience, misses need for informed consent On Feb. 4, the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons released revised guidelines for dealing with patients who face an unplanned pregnancy. The early media reports erroneously stated that doctors who refused to carry out an abortion had to refer them to one who would. The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix reported that the preamble to the new protocol says ... (Continue reading)

Saskatchewan marriage commissioners denied freedom of conscience

On Jan. 10, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal declared in the Marriage Act Reference that legislation proposed by the provincial government allowing individual marriage commissioners to refuse marrying homosexual couples if it violated their conscience is unconstitutional. The court rejected two proposed draft bills: one allowing commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex “marriages” and the other granting this exemption only to those commissioners who already held the job when the federal government legalized same-sex “marriage” in November 2004. According to ... (Continue reading)

Nurses for Life revived

Nurses for Life revived

Almost on its deathbed a few short months ago, Canadian Nurses for Life is back, perhaps stronger than ever, with two national co-ordinators taking the reins and ready to steer the organization through the stormy seas of pro-life activism in the medical sphere. Outgoing national co-ordinator Mary Lynn McPherson had sounded the alarm in 2009, warning that Canadian Nurses for Life faced extinction if new leadership was not forthcoming to relieve her ... (Continue reading)

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