UPDATE: If the highlighted link at “Complete a brief online survey concerning the current policy” results in the message “Thanks for completing this survey,” it’s because I already completed the survey. Go to http://policyconsult.cpso.on.ca/?page_id=3403 to access the survey.
This year, physicians in Ottawa and Calgary have been in the news for refusing to prescribe birth control pills. This decision has, of course, sparked outrage by those who think that physicians should not let their religion or personal opinions affect the way they treat their patients.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the body that regulates the practice of medicine to protect and serve the public interest, is listening:
The College’s Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code policy is currently being reviewed.
The College would like your feedback on the current policy. You can
- Submit your comments to the discussion forum
- Send your comments via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete a brief online survey concerning the current policy
- Send your comments via regular mail
Please complete the survey and add your vote to the 5,875 people who think a physician should NOT be allowed to refuse to provide a patient with a treatment or procedure because it conflicts with the physician’s religious or moral beliefs.