Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude


College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador

Policies relevant to freedom of conscience

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Full TextCMA Code of Ethics and Professionalism
Full TextMedical  Assistance in Dying
Standard of Practice
(March, 2017)
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Physicians are expected to provide information necessary to satisfy the requirements of informed medical decision making.

The standard explicitly states that physicians are not required to "provide" (1.1b) euthanasia or assisted suicide  or "prescribe or administer" lethal medication (6.1). It also acknowledges that physicians may refuse to "participate," a broader term.

Objecting physicians may consider it unacceptable to direct a patient to a physician willing to provide euthanasia or assisted suicide, on the grounds that doing so would constitute morally unacceptable participation in the act.  However, the policy recommends but does not require such referrals.