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Canadian prelate calls for conscience protection for doctors

June 10, 2016

As “medical aid in dying” becomes legal in Canada following a Supreme court ruling, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast called for the legal protection of doctors who do not wish to take part in the practice.

“There is no human right to euthanasia or assisted suicide,” he wrote in the Ottawa Sun. “We have a right to life and medical care, not a right to die or a right to force someone to kill us.”

The prelate continued:

Do we want to legally force our physicians and other health care practitioners to comply with this inhumane, made-up right, not to support life but end it? Do we want doctors to be coerced into violating their conscience or lose their license? That is where our country is heading. Tragic consequences await us all.

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