We support Bill C-268 – The Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act
We support Bill C-268 – The Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act.
Canadian Medical professionals who conscientiously object to MAiD (euthanasia and assisted suicide) and other controversial practises are being coerced and pressured to participate in these acts, either by direct participation or by being forced to do an “effective” referral for the purpose of the act.
Medical professionals have been pressured to resign from their positions or have had to defend their right to be employed in their area of expertise, because they refuse to participate in an act or do an effective referral for acts that they oppose.
Kelly Block MP (Carlton Trail/Eagle Creek) has sponsored Bill C-268: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (intimidation of health care professionals) cited as the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act.
Bill C-268 protects conscience rights for medical professionals by preventing coercion and intimidation to participate in acts and protects employment for medical professionals who conscientiously object to certain acts.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 2(a) classifies conscience rights as a fundamental freedom.
There are many reasons why medical professionals conscientiously object to certain acts, such as the medical professional believes the act to be wrong, or that certain acts are not in the best interests of patients, nonetheless we agree that conscience rights are fundamental in a pluralistic society.
We the undersigned support Bill C-268 the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act and encourage all members of parliament to uphold conscience rights as a fundamental freedom.