Doctors who object to assisted suicide must give referrals, court rules

Posted January 31, 2018 8:31 pm by Editor

Doctors who object to assisted suicide must give referrals, court rules

A doctor’s conscience takes a back seat to a patient’s right to have medical procedures such as assisted suicide and abortion, Ontario’s Divisional Court ruled Jan. 31.The three-judge panel unanimously rejected an attempt by the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (CMDS) to quash a requirement of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) that states doctors who morally object to abortion, assisted suicide and other legal-though-controversial medical procedures must provide an “effective referral” to doctors to will provide the service.Weighing the infringement on religious freedom rights against the policy objective of ensuring equal access for patients

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