Ontario’s Top Court Rules Religious Doctors Must Offer Patients an ‘Effective Referral’ for Assisted Dying, Abortion

May 17, 2019

(The Globe and Mail) – Physicians who object on moral grounds to providing health-care services such as assisted dying, abortion and birth control must offer their patients an “effective referral” to another doctor, Ontario’s highest court has ruled. In a unanimous decision released Wednesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reaffirmed a lower court’s conclusion that it was a reasonable limit on the religious freedom of doctors to require them to connect their patients with willing providers of medical assistance-in-dying (MAID) and other contentious health services.

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