At our most recent conference, a number of members expressed their thankfulness that Canadian Physicians for Life was there to provide them with support, advice and resources. As one attendee said, “The most valuable thing I took away from the conference was the knowledge that I have professional support from people who know this terrain better than I do.”
Medical professionals who hold to traditional Hippocratic medical ethics are facing difficult times. Some of our members have been attacked in the media for their beliefs, students and residents face pressure to perform acts contrary to their religious beliefs or morals, and it was necessary for CPL to join a legal challenge against a regulatory college because its policies require physicians to violate their consciences.
For these reasons, we are providing a crisis line that our members can call in times of difficulty. Whether you are student being challenged by an attending physician, or a physician being written about in the press, Canadian Physicians for Life is just a phone call away.
What is the Crisis Line? By calling our toll-free number at 1.855.239.0622, members will have the opportunity to speak for an hour with a lawyer. Depending on the circumstances, members will also have access to a network of pro-life physicians and professionals who can offer advice on media strategies, dealing with institutional politics, handling difficult ethical circumstances and crisis communications. Please note that we are able to assist our members in both English and French.
How is this different than the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)? Canadian Physicians for Life cannot fund legal defence cases for its members, nor represent them in court. If you are in need of legal assistance, and the CMPA cannot provide it, CPL can in most cases assist you in finding the right lawyer or organization to advance your case.
What the CPL Crisis Line uniquely offers is an opportunity to speak with pro-life lawyers, as well as other professionals, in a timely manner, who can talk to you about your situation and the impact it may have on you and your practice.
What if it isn’t a legal matter and I just need to talk about what happened? That’s okay. We’re here for you. Just call us.
What’s the cost? There is no cost to use the Crisis Line, just as there is no cost for a CPL membership. We do ask that if you have the financial means, to make a donation to CPL in order to facilitate these services for those who don’t.