College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador
Policies relevant to freedom of conscience
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CMA Code of Ethics and Professionalism
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.