Friday, March 19, 2021

Kelly Block (MP) sponsors Bill C-268 - Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kelly Block, a Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan has sponsored Private Members Bill C-268: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (intimidation of health care professionals) cited as the Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act.

Sign the EPC petition supporting Bill C-268 (Link).
Bill C-268 is similar to Bill C-418 that was sponsored by David Anderson MP in the previous parliament.

Bill C-268 protects conscience rights for medical professionals by preventing coercion and intimidation to participate in acts and protects their employment for medical professionals who conscientiously object to certain acts. 

Bill C-268 amends Section 241.5 (1) of the criminal code to state:

Every person who, for the purpose of compelling a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health care professional to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assistance in dying, uses violence or threats of violence, coercion or any other form of intimidation, is guilty

Bill C-268 also amends Section 241.5 (2) of the criminal code to state:

Every person who refuses to employ, or dismisses from their employment, a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health care professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medical assist­ance in dying is guilty
Sign the EPC petition supporting Bill C-268 (Link).  

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition supports Bill C-268 and we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of the bill.

More information on this topic:

  1. Assisted suicide and conscience rights must be reconciled (Link).  
  2. Physicians should not be forced to make referrals for MAiD (Link). 
  3. Dr Leonie Herx: Without my conscience rights I cannot be a good physician for my patients (Link).
  4. A growing number of Canadian physicians are being bullied to participate in MAiD (Link).


5 comments:

Pedro said...

Nunca pensé que un médico pudiera decidir sobre mi vida.Si está para curar dolencias y todo tipo de enfermedades cómo va a.tomarse el poder de darme la muerte.
Vine al mundo por decisión de Dios que me demostró su infinito Amor.Yo nunca pensé en quitar a mi creador el puesto de Dios.Dios es uno y yo soy feliz de tener un Dios tan maravilloso ❤️

Virginia Burshaw said...

Who are we anyway to make decisions who should live or die and who is to be the one to kill anyone? We need to stop playing GOD, HE is the only one to decide when we live or die. Remember we all reap what we sow.

Jonathan Lewis said...

Doctors swear an oath to do no harm. The medical profession is supposed to heal people, not kill them.

Unknown said...

I've read that new doctors no longer have to take the "do no harm" oath. I could have read false info. but judging by what's happening I wouldn't be surprised.

Alex Schadenberg said...

I am sorry to state that the Hippocratic Oath is long gone. Some doctors will take the oath, but it is personal not required. The new oath is not even similar to the old one.