Sometimes in politics, we find a topic that really catches the public’s attention in a positive way. I have put forward a Private Members Bill that would provide conscience protection for medical personnel. Bill C-418 would make it an offence to intimidate a medical practitioner or to negatively affect the employment status of a medical professional if they refuse to participate in taking a life.
The Liberals introduced assisted suicide in Canada. Many medical professionals do not want to participate, but they face increasing pressure to be a part of ending patients’ lives. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms calls freedom of conscience a ‘fundamental right’ and bill C-418 protects that right. It will provide the necessary protection for physicians, nurses and others so that they can live with integrity and follow their conscience.
Not only have large numbers of doctors, nurses and administrators embraced C-418, but regular Canadians as well. Petitions and calls are flooding MPs’ offices and it’s fun to see Canadians’ enthusiasm for this bill and their support for doctors and nurses who want to promote life rather than end it.
David Anderson, MP