Current Concern: Conscience
An ethicist at Queen’s University wrote in September 2016 that doctors should not have the right to conscientious objection, as reported in the National Post.
The Ontario government is supporting policies that require doctors to participate in procedures against their deeply-held beliefs. Long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences may be required to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide on their premises.
The EFC has created a sample letter you can use to write or call your MPP and the Ontario Minister of Health on these issues of conscience protection.
The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience has provided three new resources: a Fact Sheet PDF and two docx files, Sample Pulpit Presentation and Bulletin Text.
The EFC is also seeking to intervene in a court challenge of an Ontario policy that requires doctors to provide a referral against their conscientious objection.
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Submissions to Government and Other Regulatory Bodies
- EFC letter of 9 June 2016 to the Ministers of Health and Justice, highlighting public support for conscience protection and palliative care, as well as the opposition to hastened death.
- EFC proposed revisions to Bill C-14 to House of Commons Committee (May 2) and to Senate Committee (May 9) considering amendments to Bill C-14 (watch the related ten-minute May 3 presentation to the House Committee by jumping to time of 19:43)
- EFC letter to all MPs (Apr. 2016)
- Submission to the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying (Feb. 2016). The committee released its report Feb. 25 – read the EFC's Brief Analysis (Mar. 2016)
- Response to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Consultation on Interim Guidance on Physician-Assisted Death (Jan. 2016)
- Stakeholder submission to the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada (Nov. 2015, link to come). The External Panel's final report is now available (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016).
- Stakeholder submission to the Canadian Provincial/Territorial Expert Advisory Group, which is making recommendations to help develop laws, policies, practices and safeguards in advance of physician-assisted dying becoming legal in Canada (Sept. 2015)
- Letter to Minister of Justice, The Hon. Peter Mackay Re: Euthanasia / Carter Decision (Feb. 11, 2015)
- Letter to Minister of Justice, The Hon. Peter Mackay Re: Euthanasia / Quebec (June 27, 2014)
- Archival materials:
- NEW! EFC Responds to Passing of Assisted-Dying Law (June 2016)
- Does Your MP Know What You Think About Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide? (EFC staff, March 29, 2016)
- A Brief Analysis of the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. A seven-page EFC response (Mar. 2016)
- More Time to Decide on Assisted Suicide Laws? (Bruce Clemenger, January 12, 2016)
- No Age Limits for Assisted Suicide? (Julia Beazley, December 21, 2015)
- Federal Government Options on Assisted Suicide (Bruce Clemenger, December 7, 2015)
- Canada Watch (Apr/May 2015) includes “Why Should We Be Involved in the Euthanasia Issue in Canada?” and “Going Deeper on Euthanasia: Q and A With EFC President Bruce Clemenger”
- Choosing Between Life and Death: How to promote the sanctity of human life after the Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide (Bruce Clemenger, March 1, 2015)
- All Euthanasia-related Posts on the EFC blog, going back to 2009
More information is available from the following organizations
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