TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Saskatchewan has raised an important issue in requiring doctors who
will not perform abortions to refer women to someone who will.
The College acknowledges that physicians must follow their conscience in
not performing abortions if that is their moral stance, but it prevents
physicians from withdrawing from the situation completely. They are to
refer to another physician or provide information about the
availability of abortion services.
This does not make sense. If my informed conscience does not allow me to
perform some activity, why would I help someone else perform that very
action? Further, information about abortion services is readily
available, and there is no injustice in not providing it.
Physicians in Saskatchewan (and indeed anywhere) who do not accept
abortion should have that stance respected, and no other action
furthering abortion should be required of them.
SOURCE Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute
For further information:
Dr Moira McQueen, Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, 416 926 2335, email@example.com, ccbi-utoronto.ca