Protection of the Freedom of Conscience Act
MP Kelly Block introduced Bill C-268, Protection of the Freedom of Conscience Act, on February 18, 2021. MP Block introduced the Bill in response to requests from numerous disability group, healthcare workers and other professionals who work with vulnerable groups.
Freedom of conscience is the first fundamental freedom set out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It is a value for which Canadians fought and died so that we could live in freedom and peace.
Freedom of conscience means that every Canadian is free to do what he or she believes is right and true and good.
BUT, this fundamental freedom is under attack.
When MAiD (medical aid in dying) was legalized in 2015, we were told that euthanasia would not become a matter of coercion.
Yet, with Bill C-7, patients are at risk of being pressured to receive a medically assisted death and doctors are being pressured to be complicit in deaths that they would not advise.
Nobody should be forced to die or to facilitate death against their wishes.
This is why conscience protections are paramount.
This is why they matter for both patients and doctors alike.