July 25, 2014
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Human Rights Code Policy Review
Doctors in Ontario currently
have the right to decline to provide non-emergency care that does not conform to their own moral and/or religious beliefs. This allows them to opt out of non-emergency care referrals, such as abortions, emergency contraception and other medical care that violates their own conscience.
The CPSO is now reviewing their Human Rights Code policy; the new policy will provide guidelines for physicians practicing medicine in Ontario. There is pressure on the CPSO to include language in their policy that would require doctors to provide services or refer for services which run counter to their personal beliefs.
Given the possibility of grave implications of any change in the current policy of the CPSO regarding the Conscience Rights of Medical Practitioners, the Assembly of Catholic Bishops in Ontario
is encouraging the Christian faithful to let their voices be heard.
The CPSO is accepting feedback on their website until August 5th. Click here to let your voice be heard.
We strongly encourage you to provide feedback using one of the methods the CPSO suggests and support the right of doctors to follow their own moral and/or religious beliefs in their medical practice.