Founded in 1975, Canadian Physicians for Life (CPL) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the respect and ethical treatment of every human being, regardless of age or infirmity.
Canadian Physicians for Life seeks to promote public awareness of and professional adherence to the time-honoured Hippocratic medical tradition, which affirms the inviolability of every human life. CPL members include physicians, retired physicians, medical residents, and students committed to building a culture of care, compassion, and life.
This is an unprecedented time in Canadian history. Doctors and medical students are facing new and challenging ethical issues: abortion on demand, the decriminalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia, and scientific advances in genetic and reproductive technologies. These new ethical issues arise at the same time as Canada sees a shift in its approach to and understanding of the dignity of human life.
There are also unprecedented challenges to physicians’ conscience and religious rights. For example, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has implemented policies that require physicians to perform procedures, or to make referrals for procedures such as assisted suicide, even when contrary to their conscientious or religious beliefs. Ontario is the first jurisdiction in the world to require physicians to violate their sincerely held beliefs in such a manner. As a result, physicians are leaving Ontario for jurisdictions where their rights are respected.
Given these changing times, the work of CPL is needed now more than ever before. With the support of our donors, CPL will protect the rights of our medical community. With the support of our donors, we will protect the lives of patients across Canada. With the support of our donors, we will fight for every human being – we thank you for joining us in this fight.