Canada’s bishops call for conscience protection as assisted-suicide decision is implemented
May 26, 2015
Three months after Canada’s high court overturned legislation against assisted suicide, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the nation’s attorney general to be included in upcoming public consultations on the decision’s implementation.
“The Court's ruling not only erodes society's appreciation for human life, but also the trust and confidence all people, particularly those most vulnerable, should have in medical personnel and health-care institutions to protect their lives,” said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau.
“Parliament, as well as provincial legislatures and colleges of physicians, now need to follow up on preventing this ruling from impacting the Charter rights of physicians, and on what is now an urgent need to protect all health-care workers and managers from being compelled to provide, or be involved in, physician-assisted suicide,” he added.
- Letter from the CCCB President to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide (CCCB)
- Canada's top court overturns ban on assisted suicide (CWN, 2/6)
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