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Medical professionals' rights of conscience should be protected

As Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada becomes more accessible, health care professionals are facing increasing pressure to participate in it, even if it violates their consciences.

Manitoba is the only province with Conscience Rights Protection for medical professionals under provincial legislation. Medical professionals in other provinces are not so fortunate.

MP Kelly Block, recently tabled private member Bill C-230 to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals under federal legislation.

Bill C-230 would amend the Criminal Code to make it a punishable offense to intimidate or coerce a medical professional to take part in medically assisted suicide, as well as make it an offence to fire or refuse to hire a medical professional if the sole reason is their refusal to take part in medically assisted suicide.

Here are her comments:

"Over the past two years, we have seen just how important our health care system is and how critical the medical professionals who work in that system are to Canadians.

We need to create a work environment for medical professionals that protects them, supports them, and encourages them to continue in the critical work they do.

I rise today to introduce a private member’s bill entitled: “The Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act”.

Medical professionals are facing increasing pressure to participate in assisted suicide, and this is causing many to question their ability to work in Canada.

The Bill proposes an amendment to the Criminal Code that will protect medical professionals from intimidation or coercion to participate in medical assisted suicide in the same way that workers are protected from intimidation or coercion if they want to form or be part of a union.

I encourage all my colleagues in this place to support this bill’s speedy passage and thereby demonstrate a deep commitment both to our amazing medical professionals and to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

​Please take a moment to mail or email the following MPs to let them know that you support Bill C-230:

  • MP Kelly Block

  • The MP of your riding

  • Your party leader

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Medical professionals should be saving lives, not ending them. Our government needs to hear from those who support a culture of life.

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