Doctors who object to abortion could face disciplinary action under "human rights" codes
Earlier this year members of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons voted in favour of a new professional and human rights policy that undermines the first of our most fundamental freedoms: freedom of conscience.
I discuss how the process unfolded and point out some of the more troubling aspects of how we ended up with a policy for medical professionals that leaves this group of Canadians without one of the most important freedoms guaranteed in our constitution.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan's "public consultation" on a policy of conscientious objection ends this Friday, August 7th.
We demand that the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons across Canada respect the diversity of medical judgment and not coerce doctors to perform or refer for procedures to which they conscientiously object. We expect that every provincial medical authority will allow doctors to practice in the spirit of Canadian pluralism and with the freedom guaranteed in our Constitution.