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Take Action on Conscience Rights

Call to Action

The EFC is partnering with the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience in its Call for Conscience campaigns. One is now being held in Manitoba regarding Bill 34. The one in Ontario is now over (Bill 84 was passed).

This campaign encourages residents to contact their provincial politicians to ask for strong conscience protection in current legislation.

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Actions by the EFC

  • EFC President Bruce Clemenger joined other faith leaders in signing an open letter to Ontario MPPs on March 27, 2017.
  • The EFC submitted a brief to the Ontario Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on March 30, 2017.
  • The EFC, the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario and the Christian Legal Fellowship filed legal arguments with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. They are supporting a legal challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s requirement that doctors provide referrals or conduct procedures that violate their consciences. A constitutional challenge was launched by five doctors, Christian Medical Dental Society, and two other physicians’ groups. The case is scheduled to be heard in June, and the decision could be precedent-setting for how professional associations treat conscientious objection.
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