Currently, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is reviewing the policy that permits medical professionals to refuse to provide medical services that conflict with their moral beliefs.
Their policy, Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code, states that “Personal beliefs and values and cultural and religious practices are central to the lives of physicians and their patients.”
However, now that this policy is under review, it may be changed and thus force health providers to perform procedures, such as abortion, that go directly against their conscience. Which is why it is urgent that we support the rights of physicians to freedom of religion and conscience.
Here are some simple activism suggestions:
1. Sign the Petition started by a Canadian medical doctor here.
2. Vote YES in the poll on the CPSO site here.
3. Write a letter or email stating your support for doctors’ right to freedom of conscience. Thank the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for being open to feedback from the public, and express your belief in the importance of being able to follow your moral beliefs.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
80 College St., Toronto, Ontario
4. Spread the word! Post this meme on your Facebook, Twitter, or blog if you have one!
The CPSO’s deadline for feedback is August 5th, so let’s make the most of the week we have left!