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Ontario doctors challenge mandated referral for assisted suicide

November 11, 2016

Five Ontario physicians, one of them Catholic, recently launched a legal challenge to a mandate by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario requiring physicians to make referrals for patients who request assisted suicide.

The five physicians have the support of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, and Canadian Physicians for Life, as well as the province’s bishops. Ontario’s attorney general has backed the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“A lot of our people would be very upset to learn doctors were being forced to act against their conscience,” said Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, president of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

 
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