Articles Tagged ‘Conscience Legislation’

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Bill 163 committee hearing

Silent No More, midwives, and a city councilor among presenters On Oct. 19, 17 stakeholders and other interested parties made presentations to the standing committee on general government to speak for or against Bill 163, the  Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act, 2017, which was introduced by the provincial Attorney General two weeks earlier and was being fast-tracked to be passed before the end of the month by an all-party agreement. Making presentations against Bill 163 were ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario doctors fight law forcing them to help kill their patients

Ontario doctors fight law forcing them to help kill their patients

Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos says doctors should not have to choose between their conscience and their practice. Five doctors and three doctors’ groups were in an Ontario court June 13-15 arguing a policy from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) violates their Charter rights to freedom of conscience and religion. The CPSO forces ... (Continue reading)

Tourloukis appeal heard

Tourloukis appeal heard

Hamilton father of two Steve Tourloukis sued his school board to uphold his parental rights. He lost in 2016 and appealed the decision. The latest battle in the sever-year war between Steve Tourloukis and the Hamilton Wentworth public school board over what the father of two claims is his right to receive advance notice when and how his children will be taught about controversial topics was an Ontario appeal ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario Bill 84 has no protection for conscience rights

Last month, a number of legal, medical, and civil rights lobby groups appeared before an Ontario legislative committee in an attempt to persuade legislators to amend Bill 84 to protect the conscience rights of doctors and other medical professionals who refuse to participate in “medical assistance in dying” (MAID). The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs heard submissions by the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL), the Faith and Freedom Alliance (FFA), and the Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF), among others. But ... (Continue reading)

‘Phobias’ kill our freedom of expression

‘Phobias’ kill our freedom  of expression

Law Matters John Carpay Like homophobia, Islamophobia is a dangerous word. Both words are dangerous because they are ambiguous. Uncertainty about the meaning of words makes it impossible to have honest discussion and debate. Without honest debate, democracy and society function poorly. Undermining the citizen’s ability to communicate with others results in misunderstanding and fear. Dictionaries define “phobia” as “an extreme or irrational fear” and as a mild ... (Continue reading)

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Conscience campaign launched

Conscience campaign launched

Larry Worthen The Call to Conscience Campaign was launched by the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience to urge Ontario residents to lobby their MPPs to get them to amend Bill 84, the provincial government’s “Medical Aid in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act,” which has no protection for the conscience rights of health care workers. Bill 84 is expected to be debated over the next few months, but the campaign runs ... (Continue reading)

Ontario government backs physician’s college assault conscience rights

Ontario’s Liberal government is backing the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in its attack on doctors’ religious and conscience rights. The Liberal government has intervened on behalf of the CPSO in a lawsuit launched by five Christian doctors, who argue that the College’s Professional Obligation and Human Rights Policy violates their Charter rights of religious freedom and conscience. The CPSO policy, in effect since March 2015, compels doctors who oppose such practices as abortion, abortifacient contraception or euthanasia to ... (Continue reading)

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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