Ontario Government Rejects Conscience Protection for Physicians

(Photo by Benson Kua, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10803582)

(Photo by Benson Kua, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10803582)

Bill 84 presented the Ontario government with the opportunity to protect physicians’ conscience rights. An amendment proposed by official opposition health critic Jeff Yurek would have ensured that participation in, and referral for, MAID is entirely voluntary. His amendments were rejected by the committee studying the bill. The committee heard oral presentations from 42 individuals and/or organizations, 31 of which supported conscience protection, including Christian Legal Fellowship and the Ontario Medical Association, among others. Mr. Yurek now plans to table a private member’s bill in May to protect conscience rights. CLF’s written submission to the committee can be read here and a video of its oral submissions viewed here