If you have not done so already, please read Bishop Fabbro's Letter to the Faithful, dated February 21, 2017, here. You may have already seen this as a bulletin insert in your local parish or parish cluster.
A joint, open letter to MPPs was sent to all Members of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario and released Monday, March 27, 2017, with respect to the provincial Bill 84 (Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act). The open letter, co-signed by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, together with other ecumenical and interfaith partners, is asking the Government of Ontario to enshrine into law the protection of conscience for health care practitioners in Ontario who refuse to participate in the administering of euthanasia.
The Ontario Government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held a public hearing on the matter of ammendments to Bill 84 on Thursday, 23 March 2017. Cardinal Collins, Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, President of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario, and Dr. Moira McQueen, Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, were present during the hearing and provided an oral presentation advocating for conscience rights. Several doctors and nurses were also present advocating for legislation to protect conscience rights.
Information about Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience is a resource developed by the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience that explains the concerns about Ontario’s euthanasia legislation and the lack of conscience protection rights, and offers some possible solutions.
A written copy of the presentation that Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs re Bill 84, on March 23, 2017, is available here. The Archdiocese of Toronto has also shared a video of Cardinal Collins explaining the moral issues at hand in relation to conscience rights in Ontario and Bill 84. Video from His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins
For an update about the Call for Conscience Campaign, please click here.