Articles Tagged ‘Conscience Legislation’

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)

Bits n’ Pieces

  Canada Sarnia Transit, the municipal bus service in the Ontario border town, banned a LifeCanada ad that read, "9 months: The length of time an abortion is allowed in Canada." A female high school student complained that the city seemed to be endorsing the pro-life position and so the advertisements were removed from six city buses. The city is now considering overhauling bus advertising rules completely, with Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley saying future complaints might be forwarded to the ... (Continue reading)

Canadian doctor frets about people choosing life

U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s loving and highly-publicized acceptance of her Down’s syndrome child Trig has at least one prominent Canadian doctor worried that her example may lead to mothers shunning abortion after diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. According to the Globe and Mail, Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians ... (Continue reading)

Ontario medical group reconsiders plan to curb conscience rights

College of  Physicians and Surgeons Manitoba reveals similar plans In a victory for the conscience and religious rights of medical professionals, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has revised its controversial draft policy that would have forced Ontario’s physicians to put aside their religious beliefs in order to comply with the College’s interpretation of Ontario human rights law. Doctors that could not abide the ... (Continue reading)

Freedom of conscience

In the aftermath of the Nazis’ defeat, the world was scandalized by the odious defence offered by the war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. How could these men defend their moral decisions by appealing to the legitimacy of an illegitimate regime? How dare they defend themselves by saying they were “only following orders”? In the quiet of the courtroom, it was clear ... (Continue reading)

Ontario MDs’ conscience rights to be curtailed?

A draft proposal by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario could strip Ontario doctors of their right to the free exercise of religion and conscience. The CPSO has proposed changes to its code of conduct to limit doctors’ ability to act according to their religious beliefs or conscience that result in restricting treatment, taking new patients or ending the doctor-patient relationship due to grounds such as race, ethnicity, disability, gender or ... (Continue reading)

Significant victory for conscientious objection as nurse wins case

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeals has ruled that the suspension of a pro-life protester’s nursing license by the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) was unconstitutional. In 2002, Bill Whatcott, a licensed practical nurse, participated in a protest outside the Regina Planned Parenthood offices. The association judged Whatcott’s protest to have constituted “professional misconduct” and suspended his nursing ... (Continue reading)

Force doctors to commit abortions, says U.S. group

The National Abortion Federation has beefed up its assault on Canada’s pro-life movement with a new demand that all doctors in this country be forced to refer for abortions, whether or not they object morally or on religious grounds. The Washington D.C.-based NAF issued the draconian demand May 9 to the Canadian Medical ... (Continue reading)

Committee rejects amendment to lower the age of consent for homosexual sex

An attempt to force a lower age of consent for homosexual sex in Canada has failed at the committee stage, after Canadian MPs rejected two proposed amendments to a bill scheduled to come before the House of Commons in early May. Bill C-22 was introduced by the Conservative government to raise the age of consent for heterosexual sex to ... (Continue reading)

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