Another opportunity to give. I’m just going to cut and paste the Physicians for Life letter in full. I simply cannot begin to think of living in a province that tells physicians they must go against good treatment principles, their conscience and ethical behaviour and provide things like assisted suicide and euthanasia. So let’s not think about that, and remember that even if this is a David and Goliath struggle (and it is), tis David who won!
Three organizations and five brave physicians have launched legal proceedings against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in response to its conscience rights-violating policies.
The three organizations are Canadian Physicians for Life, the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS), and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies (CFCPS).
CMDS is a Christian association of physicians, dentists, and students who seek to honour God by integrating faith with professional practice. The CFCPS seeks to promote the teaching of the Catholic Church as applied in the provision of health care and to contribute to the development of public policy. Canadian Physicians for Life is a secular organization, gathering physicians from all backgrounds and specialties, to build a culture of life in Canada by equipping pro-life medical students, supporting physicians in their life-affirming practices, and educating Canadians about these issues.
While our purposes are different, we share common concerns about the protection of human life. It is because of this shared concern that we are collaborating to address an urgent issue.
We found out yesterday that we need to raise $120,000 by June to cover the costs of the legal proceedings against the CPSO.
We are stronger together in this fight. We’re working together in asking our memberships to pool funds for pro-conscience rights initiatives like this one.
The CPSO has been very aggressively defending this case; I saw that firsthand when I was cross-examined on behalf of Canadian Physicians for Life in March. This is a David and Goliath situation. In addition to fighting the CPSO, we are also fighting the Attorney General of Ontario, who has come alongside the CPSO to defend its policies. The CPSO and the Attorney General of Ontario have far greater resources than we do to fight this battle, but it is our doctors and med students who simply cannot afford to lose this case.
The organizations involved in the case will be fundraising over the next week. We appeal to you, our members, to play a vital role in this collaboration.
Please make a gift to CPL today to support our collaborative work during this urgent time.
Executive Director & General Legal Counsel