I don’t think the average person realizes governments are making decisions
that actively discriminate against people
for their faith.
FT: Why should that average person be
LW: Many people will consider assisted
suicide because of loneliness, isolation,
difficulties dealing with a disability, difficulties dealing with mental health issues.
When you experience those things, you’re
going to want to have a physician who is
prepared to work hard to help you find
alternatives. It’s a great benefit to Christians to be able to go to a doctor who
understands your lifestyle and supports it,
as opposed to challenges it.
Many of us have family members interested in being physicians, and that whole
line of work could be closed off to people
of faith if we keep moving in this direction.
FT: Do you think it is possible that we will
actually be in a situation where a Christian who
objects to assisted suicide, and doesn’t want to
actively refer a patient to a doctor who does,
will not be allowed to be a doctor?
LW: It’s very likely. Because the litmus
test will be referral. If our challenge
doesn’t succeed, it is possible that will
screen out Roman Catholics, evangelical
and Orthodox Jewish doctors from the
practice of medicine.
Medical assistance in dying affects all
streams of medicine. There is no way of
ensuring physicians in all areas won’t receive that request. If they can’t comply
with the policy, they won’t be able to
practise medicine. It is not just one isolated ethicist suggesting that doctors with
conscience objections should not be allowed into medical school.
This has been the challenge we’ve been
facing. And the average churchgoer in
Canada cannot believe this is happening.
I grew up with the idea we had a Christian
country. It has taken us years to realize
that no, we don’t. Our perspective is we
are living in a pluralistic society where all
backgrounds are welcome, and it is inclu-
sive. But there is a secular view of society
where people of faith are excluded.
All Christians in Canada should be very
concerned about this and fight it. What
we are facing now with physicians could
be a precipitating incident that draws
attention to this, and makes Christians in
Canada aware of how far we have gone
down this secular slope.
F T: Larry, is this all inevitable?
LW: No. It’s only inevitable if we don’t do
anything. As we talk to MPPs, most aren’t
even aware this is happening. If we can
mobilize Christians in Ontario to contact
the government, we’d be effective in getting a change in policy.
Often we are our own worst enemies
because we don’t do anything.
FT: What is the best way for us to do that right
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