Dr. Martin Owen - Will I be forced to betray my conscience or quit my profession?
Canada continues to drift from Catholic Morality (Turn About Is Fair Play), I received the following email a couple of days ago and publishing it here is my attempt to get the Catholic (and Christian) Doctor's in Canada support.
Canada's population is nominally 40% Catholic. If we all were united in our support of Catholic Teachings, politicians wouldn't try stunts like this ... hence the reason why I categorized this posting a 'crisis of the Church'.
Dear <Insert Your Name>,
My conscience is on the line. If I lived in Ontario, I'd probably move my 7 children to another province so I could avoid the tyranny over my professional medical judgment and my conscience.
The Christian Medical and Dental Society and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies have launched legal action against the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and their bigoted policy removing the conscience rights of physicians.
The time has come when doctors now need to fight for the right not to perform abortions, prescribe birth control, or refer patients for controversial procedures.
Thanks for signing our petition at FreedomOfConscience.ca
The CBC has a poll on their website and right now the majority opinion is that doctors should not be able to refuse to provide prescriptions or referrals for matters of conscientious objection.
Here are three concrete things you can do:
1. Click here to vote in the poll. Freedom of conscience is a fundamental freedom, whether the majority recognize it or not, but please raise your voice on this issue.
2. Forward this email to 10 friends and ask them to sign the petition at FreedomOfConscience.ca
3. Let me know your ideas for pushing this issue forward in the public square. Be creative. We're listening and want to build a stronger coalition to fight for conscience rights in Canada. so send me your suggestions for how to win this fight.
Dr. Martin Owen MD CCFP
President Calgary Catholic medical association
"When a man takes an oath, he's holding his own self in his own hands like water, and if he opens his fingers then, he needn't hope to find himself again."
- Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons