Ontario court orders Christian pro-life doctors to refer patients for euthanasia regardless of their belief

A court in Ontario has ruled recently that doctors must refer patients requesting for euthanasia to another physician who can provide that service regardless if it violates their Christian or pro-life beliefs.

(REUTERS / Olivier Asselin)Cancer patients sit in a chemotherapy ward while receiving treatment at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana on April 24, 2012.

On Jan. 31, it was confimed by three justices of the Ontario Superior Court that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario's policy that tells all doctors to refer patients for euthanasia and abortion violates their right to freedom of religion. However, the court also ruled that it was justified to ensure "access to health care," Life Site News detailed.

In the ruling, the justices concurred that the CPSO policy entails no "deprivation of the ability to practice medicine in Ontario" for the doctors. However, some doctors disagreed, saying the court decision puts them in an "impossible situation."

"They don't believe ending a patient's life is medicine, and they don't believe they can offer hope and healing in one room while assisting in killing a patient in another," said Canadian Physicians for Life president Dr. Ryan Wilson.

In addition, Dr. Wilson warned that doctors will be forced to retire early, change their specialty, or move to another location if their religious rights continue to be violated.

Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus of Ontario has expressed support for Catholic bishops' opposition against a government ban on pro-life groups from summer job grants. The organization's state deputy, Dan Heffernan, issued a memo on Jan. 24 urging all Knights to speak out against the said policy, Life Site said in a separate report.

Moreover, Heffernan slammed Trudeau's administration for allegedly discriminating against pro-life organizations. He said the requirement to sign a pro-abortion attestation in order to obtain summer job grants was in effect telling Catholics that they "need not apply."

Ottawa's Archbishop Terrence Pendergast also wrote an editorial on the Ottawa Sun that said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could not be both Catholic and pro-abortion.