One of Canadian Physicians for Life’s roles is to engage with and educate the public on public policy matters relating to traditional medical ethics, the dignity and inviolability of human life, and human rights by providing medical, biological, and social facts related to those matters.
The following is a list of public policy matters in Canadian Physicians for Life is engaging.
Legal challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s conscience policy
We have joined The Christian Medical and Dental Society, The Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies and five individual physicians in a legal challenge to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s policy decision to force physicians to violate their consciences. Here is a copy of the amended Notice of Application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Details here.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 84 (Ontario) – April 2017
Executive Director Faye Sonier, on behalf of Canadian Physicians for Life, made a submission to the committee, advocating for the inclusion of provisions protecting physician conscience rights. Dr. Thomas Bouchard, a CPL member and former Vice-President, testified before the committee. His comments may be found here.
Submission to the federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada
Dr. Will Johnston, on behalf of Canadian Physicians for Life, made a submission to the federal panel, arguing for the protection of physician conscience rights. The submission is available here.
Submissions to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Canadian Physicians for Life, along with the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, made a joint submission to the College with respect to their conscientious objection policy. Also included was a cover letter and proposed amendments to the policy.
Joint submission to the Canadian Medical Association proposing amendments to the Principles Based Approach to Assisted Dying in Canada policy
Canadian Physicians for Life, along with the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, made a joint submission to the College with respect to their conscientious objection policy.
Past Court Interventions
Canadian Physicians for Life does not regularly engage in cases before the courts. However, in cases that have dealt with legal and public policy matters that could impact the rights and interests of pro-life physicians, we have occasionally engaged to share the interests of our constituency.
Canadian Physicians for Life has intervened in two proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada and one proceeding before the British Columbia Supreme Court. They are: