in the world
medical professionals to
Imagine growing up with a pas- sion for helping people get well – a gift of healing, some might call it. You are fascinated by medicine and helping people live well.
We all know someone like that
– a relative, a friend or perhaps you.
You study and train, and become
a nurse or a doctor. Then imagine
being told helping people commit
suicide will now be part of your
duties. You know this would be
entirely opposite to your gifting
You see your work as an act of
worship to God and a fulfilment of
His command to love and care for
those who are sick and near death.
You have committed to “do no harm”
as stated in the Hippocratic Oath –
but now you will be required to kill.
We say we live in a free society.
And yet some of our neighbours
whose life’s calling is to heal and
restore are being told if they want
to keep their job, they must participate in killing people.
The Canadian Medical Association says only about a third of their
members are willing to participate
in assisted suicide.
Some are willing to refer to an-
other who will kill but do not want
to directly participate. But many
who object to assisted suicide and
euthanasia believe they should not
be required to provide an effective
referral. For them it would be no
different than writing a prescrip-
tion for the procedure.
In the medical world referral
means the doctor agrees the pro-
cedure is in the best interest of the
patient and consistent with their
commitment to “do no harm.”
The EFC and other groups have
pressed hard for clear protections
for those who object on conscien-
tious and religious grounds to par-
ticipating in assisted suicide. A co-
alition was formed – the Coalition
for HealthCare and Conscience – for
the sole purpose of protecting the
freedoms of medical professionals
and heath care institutions.
No other jurisdiction in the world
that allows assisted suicide or
euthanasia requires medical professionals to participate. Yet there is
strong resistance to providing this
Two new videos: youth
and church; social harm
The EFC recently posted two new
videos of webinar discussions at
The most recent discusses the
issues raised by Hemorrhaging
Faith: Why and When Canadian
Young Adults Are Leaving,
Staying and Returning to Church
The discussion features the
insights of three experts involved
in the original report, released
five years ago, including the EFC’s
The other video presents
an overview of the problem of
pornography and its connection
to human trafficking. Julia Beazley,
EFC director of public policy,
argues porn is not just a moral
issue between an individual and
God. She also points to a number
of hopeful signs of change.
The EFC is conducting a
national survey on the mission
engagement of local churches.
The Canadian ministry context is
changing faster than ever, making
it more and more important
that we all have good data to
help with ministry decisions.
Evangelical pastors and ministry
leaders working in local church
contexts are urged to take a
survey. Participants can receive a
summary of the survey’s findings
and be entered in a draw for an
iPad Mini 4. A full report will be
published within 18 months. Learn
more about this research and
the Canadian Missions Research
Forum at www.theEFC.ca/CMRF.
The EFC helped produce an
interfaith statement on palliative
care in June, together with
representatives from the Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops,
the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs and the Canadian Council of
Imams. Details at www.theEFC.ca.
Meet you in your
Don McNiven, EFC director of
affiliate and donor relations, will
be visiting across Alberta in July,
Ontario in August, PEI and Nova
Scotia in September, and Ontario
in October. He would be delighted
to visit with supporters to
discuss EFC programs and current
research projects. Contact him
at McNivenD@theEFC.ca or call
March for life
EFC staff participated in the
annual March for Life (www.
marchforlife.ca) on Parliament Hill
on May 12. RCMP estimated more
than 10,000 peaceful protesters
marched from Parliament Hill
through the streets of downtown
The EFC is partnering to develop
ministry research on how young
adults can deepen their spiritual
journey as they transition
from high school. A national
consultation with 35 ministry
leaders, held May 16, launched a
process of collaborative research
and ministry application. This
all follows up on a study (www.
News FROM THE EFC
Do no harm
Will medical professionals really be required to kill?
THE GATHERING PLACE
BRUCE J. CLEMENGER