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
"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!
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.