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On January 31st, a coalition of groups representing 4700 doctors lost a court challenge against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The coalition of doctors oppose the effective referral mandate of the College, claiming that it violates their freedom of conscience and religion as protected in Section 2 of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Ontario Divisional Court, in its ruling stated that the referral rule was a reasonable limit on doctors' freedom of religion because it protected "access" that would otherwise be "compromised or sacrificed."
Their lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos, said that the ruling puts the doctors in a position where they "either need to violate their conscience and their religious and moral belief or face being disciplined by the college - and that's not a good place to be."
In a media statement from Canadian Physicians for Life President Dr. Ryan Wilson remarked that "[doctors] don't believe ending a patient's life is medicine, and they don't believe they can offer hope and healing in one room while assisting in killing a patient in another. Ultimately it is patient care that suffers, as our doctors will retire early, relocate, or change fields."
"We are in a time when, as a society, we are unable to objectively agree on what constitutes good medicine," said Natalie Sonnen of LifeCanada. "It's not simply that some doctors have religious objections to "Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)", although that is part of it. These doctors oppose the very notion of taking patients' lives precisely because they believe it is not medicine. The "access" argument assumes that "MAiD" is objectively beneficial, but this is the point in question, and physicians should not be forced to refer their patients for substandard care."
MAiD is the euphemism coined by the government for the acts of euthanasia and assisted suicide, acts which were, only two years ago, considered criminal.
"We have lost the language that enables us to dispute objective moral evils and their attendant consequences, and are lost in the euphemisms of a death culture that views morality as a personal choice", said Sonnen. "Good medical care will be sacrificed and replaced with politically and ideologically driven public policy. The objective good of patients and the professional judgement of doctors will inevitably become irrelevant."
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