ONTARIO DOCTORS OBJECTING TO CERTAIN TREATMENTS MUST REFER PATIENTS TO ANOTHER PHYSICIAN

Jan 31, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Doctors who have a moral or religious objection – to treatments such as medically-assisted dying, contraception or abortions – have to refer patients to another doctor who can provide the service.

That’s the just -released ruling from an Ontario court.

Five doctors and three professional organizations had launched a legal challenge against a policy issued by the province’s medical regulator – arguing it infringed on their right to freedom of religion and conscience – under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

But the divisional court said – though the policy does limit doctors’ religious freedom – the breach is justified – and the benefits to the public outweigh the cost to doctors.
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