Canada chooses death over physicians' conscience

Monday, February 5, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV needle assisted suicideThe so-called progressive movement in Canada is trying to stifle opponents of euthanasia through legal action.

Doctor-assisted suicide was imposed on Canadian residents by a Canada Supreme Court edict in June 2016. Since then, the College of Physicians of Ontario established a rule that doctors who oppose euthanasia must refer patients to doctors who will assist them with suicide.

A group of physicians sued but the Ontario Superior Court ruled unanimously to uphold the referral rule.

Derek Ross of Christian Legal Fellowship says such a requirement violates a fundamental issue of freedom.

“Wherever one stands ideologically or philosophically on the issue of euthanasia,” explains Ross, “this is a question whether there's still space in a free and democratic society for individuals to exercise their freedom to choose whether or not to participate in a procedure such as euthanasia.”

If the ruling stands, doctors will either refer people to euthanasia doctors or be forced to leave the medical profession.

“No other jurisdiction in the world requires an effective referral for euthanasia the way that Ontario does,” says Ross. “And there's no evidence that [lack of a required referral] has caused undue barriers for patients seeking that service.”

The court apparently didn't explore whether doctors with a conscience, ethical concerns, or religious convictions could be accommodated while pacifying a patient who wants a lethal injection. Furthermore, there is a hotline number patients can call to get those referrals without violating a doctor's rights. 

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