Court upholds ruling that Ontario doctors must refer for services they oppose
An appeals court in Ontario has upheld a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario requirement that doctors in the province must give referrals for medical services such as assisted dying and abortion that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.
A 74-page ruling released May 15 by a three-judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed with a 2018 divisional court decision that upheld the referral requirement. While the divisional court found the policy infringes upon doctors’ religious freedom, it said the benefits to the public outweigh the cost to physicians.
A group of five doctors and three professional organizations,