This page is dedicated to action that is being encouraged to support our Medical Practitioners in being able to follow their conscience and religious beliefs.

Jul
30
2015

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) is currently conducting a consultation on a new policy on Conscientious Objection. Three interested organizations have submitted a letter, legal brief, and proposed revisions to the policy to outline their concerns and to have input in this consultation process; these three participating organizations are:

Canadian Physicians for Life
Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies
Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada

The deadline for submissions is August 7th.

You can e-mail the CPSS here.

Or you can phone the CPSS by calling (306) 244-7355

Suggested comment:

"I support the revisions to your Conscientious Objection policy as proposed by CPL, CFCPS and CMDS. There is no reason to take away conscience protection to ensure patient access."

NOTE: Remember to include your name, and to pray for the success of this endeavour. 

Please take a minute to ask the CPSS to support the amendments of these three interested organizations. Your expression of support will help!

BACKGROUNDER:
The documents submitted to the CPSS by the three interested organization have unfortunately been removed from their sites.

The major concerns are:

1. The draft policy requires physicians to "make arrangements" for the patient to see another physician for information about a controversial procedure, or for the procedure itself (abortion, contraception, etc). Making arrangements has the same moral implications as a referral. Future councils could interpret the phrase "make arrangements" to be the same as referral.

2. The draft policy requires physicians to perform controversial procedures in certain circumstances. Reference to the "well being" of the patient has led to concerns that the policy might be used to force physicians to perform euthanasia.

3. Whatever parameters are agreed upon in this policy are likely to follow through to any future “assisted death” policy, should euthanasia become legalized.  

If you would like to visit the CPSS web page, click here and see "CPSS Consultation - Round 2" on the right side of their homepage.

We very much appreciate your timely attention to this important initiative to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals.  If you do make a submission to the CPSS, please also send a copy to us by using our e-mailing link here.

Jun
10
2015


This article was taken from the My Canada Newsletter - go here for the full Newsletter

Go to www.4mycanada.ca for more information on their organization.

KomarnickiMotion

Conservative MP Ed Komarnicki tabled a motion in the House of Commons recently which would allow MPs of all parties to vote freely on issues of conscience. Whether dealing with the issue of abortion, euthanasia, the environment, domestic security or any other controversial social justice issue it is imperative that MPs have the freedom to vote according to the general conscience of their constituents as opposed to being forced to vote their party’s position.

Mr. Komarnicki stated, "In the interest of democracy, justice and good government, we want all members to vote on these issues freely and without impediment."

The issue of freedom of conscience has been increasingly under fire in Parliament with the Liberal Party of Canada stating that they will not allow their MPs to vote in a pro-life manner even if this is the will of the majority of the constituents that a MP represents. Because of this Mr. Komarnicki’s motion could not come at a better time.

Please join us in supporting this important motion.

ACTION POINTS

1. SHARE: Please share this important information with your friends and family through facebook, twitter and email. Click here for the link.

2. GET MORE INFO: See articles below for more information on Ed Komarnicki's motion.

Tory MP Ed Komarnicki To Table Motion Proposing Free Votes On 'Issues Of Conscience'

Conservative MP wants free votes on 'matters of conscience'

3. EMAIL: Encourage your MP to support this motion by sending them an email. Click here to find your MP.

Jun
10
2015

Physician Protection of Conscience Project - Letters to College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan

February 4th, 2015.  Well, the tide of Euthanasia is rising in Canada and is threatening Saskatchewan.  As well, the desire to control and dictate access and delivery of death services is become more apparent every day.  Right now, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of both Ontario and Saskatchewan are promoting the passing a resolution that would force all doctors to either provide a service or refer their patient to a service provider for a procedure that they do not believe is appropriate, moral or that goes against their conscience or faith.  Here is a sample of a letter you could write to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.   Two primary "procedures" that doctors could be forced to facilitate are: Abortion and Euthanasia. 

The project, in which we are encouraging you to participate, is called "The Protection of Conscience Project".  Either:

  • Write your own letter or E-mail or
  • Download a printable sample letter, print out, sign it and mail it or
  • Simply copy this letter and paste it in either a word-processing document or in the body of an e-mail that you could send it to the College and PLEASE send a copy to Premier Brad Wall and to the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Health.  The addresses you should send to are:
College of Physicians and surgeons
101 - 2174 Airport Drive 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7L 6M6
communications@cps.sk.ca
Premier Brad Wall
Room 226, 2405 Legislative Drive
Regina, SK 
S4S 0B3

premier@gov.sk.ca

 

Honourable Dustin Duncan
Minister of Health
Room 204 2405 Legislative Drive
Regina, SK
S4S 0B3
he.minister@gov.sk.ca

 

Your NAME

Your ADDRESS

Your POSTAL CODE

 

DATE

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan

500-321A-21st Street East

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

S7K 0C1

Dear Members of the Consultations Committee:

Subject: Draft Policy “Conscientious Refusal”. 

I am writing to you with grave concern regarding the content of your proposed draft policy. The proposed draft suggests that physicians who decline to participate in certain acts for reasons of conscience should be compelled to refer their patients to other physicians who will perform these acts. It does not address the fact that many of these same physicians will find the act of referral itself objectionable, as they consider it material cooperation with the act. In compelling physicians to refer, you are limiting their right to conscientious objection.

There is significant disagreement in our society as to what constitutes a moral act, and I do not expect the College to define or limit morality. All I expect is that physicians, as professionals, be allowed to respect their own consciences. Freedom of conscience is foundational to our free society and cannot be limited, even for the best of intentions. If we coerce physicians into violating their consciences we will inevitably erode the personal integrity which is the basis of the physician's relationship with their patients.

I encourage you to revise the sections above, and include a clear defence of the right to freedom of conscience for all physicians.

Respectfully,

YOUR NAME

Cc: Premier Brad Wall

      Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Health