As you may have heard, provincial medical colleges in Ontario and Saskatchewan have proposed policies that would require physicians to refer for, and in some cases perform, procedures that would go against their conscience and religious beliefs.

Medical colleges regulate the behaviour of doctors, and both of the colleges are inviting the public to comment on their proposed policies. These are the first two colleges in Canada to propose such regulations.

The Christian Medical Dental Society (CMDS), an affiliate of the EFC (The Evangelical Felllowship of Canada), asks for your help. They are asking that people concerned about the freedom of religion and conscience of doctors respond by urging the colleges to ensure that doctors are not compelled to provide services contrary to their beliefs and judgement.

The CMDS has developed a video for the general public that explains this issue. It is called: Freedom to Care: The Attack on Conscience Rights in Medicine. It can be found at cmdscanada.org or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5__4VyeRYZQ&feature=youtu.be.

For instructions on how to contact the colleges and answer their surveys, legal opinions, articles and a recent brief to the Ontario Medical Association on this issue, click here.

The deadlines for public input are looming – Ontario is February 20, Saskatchewan is March 6.