THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.03.10
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DOCTORS LOSING FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE?
The EFC wrote last week to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Saskatchewan regarding its Draft Policy on Conscientious Refusal. The EFC expressed concern over the proposed requirement that doctors provide referrals, and in some situations undertake procedures, that might violate their conscience and/or religious beliefs. Compelling doctors to act against their conscience would be a violation of their Charter rights and freedoms, argues the EFC. Doctors who don’t offer certain procedures are not discriminating as long as all patients are treated the same.
The EFC previously wrote a letter about a similar draft policy in Ontario. However, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) approved its new Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy on March 6. It “requires physicians to provide their patients with an effective referral to another health-care provider for those services the physician chooses not to provide for reasons of conscience or religion.”
PRESIDENT IN OTTAWA
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger will be speaking on palliative care and end-of-life issues to a seniors group at Bethel Pentecostal Church this Thursday in Ottawa. Request a speaker for your event at theEFC.ca/speakers.
APOLOGETICS WITHOUT APOLOGY: NEW ISSUE OF FAITH TODAY
Imagine a way forward for every one of us to talk about our faith – without apology. The Mar/Apr issue of Faith Today comes out tomorrow, and it offers exactly that in “Apologetics Without Apology,” a practical article by Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Canada. An excerpt is already available at blog.faithtoday.ca. Get the complete issue by subscribing today! Faith Today is currently offering our best prices ever – only $2.99 per issue at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions – but only for a few more weeks!
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→The Power of Good Stories Well Told, By Karen Stiller
→Five Common Faith Challenges And How You Can Answer Them, By Andy Bannister
RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE IN VANCOUVER
The EFC is sponsoring a conference on religion in the public square March 22-24 in Vancouver. Registration is now open for the Our Whole Society conference. EFC President Bruce Clemenger and Vice-President Aileen Van Ginkel will chair panel sessions during the conference.
OTHER COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Le Courage de Diriger, St-Hyacinthe, Mar. 21
→World Vision Heart & Soul Forums, Kitchener/Vaughan/Ottawa, Mar. 24-26
LAWYER COMMENTS ON ASSISTED-DEATH DECISION
Last month the EFC published a commentary by Geoffrey Trotter, the lawyer who represented the EFC in Carter euthanasia case. In “The Court Has Allowed Physician-assisted Death – What Next?” he examines two critical undercurrents which drove the Supreme Court of Canada’s Feb. 6 decision. He also considers the question of Parliament’s response. Link to the full commentary at theEFC.ca/carter.
THE KEY TO BUSINESS SUCCESS
The key to business success is trust, says Grant Mullen, M.D. It’s the foundation of all relationships, a priceless asset that can’t be bought or sold – but it can be grown and developed. He explains at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.