LW: Everyone, all of your readers, need to
go on the Canadians for Conscience
website ( www.CanadiansForConscience.
ca) and send a letter to their representative. It’s easy. You can send letters directly
to ministers of health in each of the
provinces. Reaffirm the importance of
conscience protection for Christian doctors and doctors of other faiths. You can
send letters to your MPPs. You can call
them. We have a window of a couple of
months for us to get the word out. Of
course, people can share the links on
social media, and of course, we are appealing for financial help for this case.
FT: What exactly is the problem with active
LW: Our doctors feel responsible for their
patients and for where they send them.
A referral is a thoughtful act. It is an act
based on the thought, “I’m sending you
to another physician to help you.” It is a
recommendation that you need that help
and need it from that person. So the
sending doctor is complicit. You are
aiding and abetting the actual death of
If you had conscience objection status,
and there was a draft in your country,
and the country said you don’t have to go
to war and kill someone yourself, but you
do have to work in a factory and build the
bombs that will kill them, that would not
be conscience protection. The referral is
intimately connected to the act that
There are alternative ways that exist in
other countries and provinces, where
patients can have access to what they
Our ability to be able to live out our faith and be explicit
about our faith in our work is being challenged. We need
the support of the Christian community to turn it around.”
Think you can change
the world through media?
CHANGE can be big, like producing a television show
big. Or it can be small, like writing a blog post small.
It’s about what you choose to do on the one hand, and
who you are on the other. We are more than our jobs,
and God has a calling for each of us, wherever we go.
That changes everything. Including you.
A degree you can believe in. redeemer.ca
want without having to go through their
family doctors. It’s possible to have a sys-
tem where both a patient’s needs can be
met and a doctor’s conscience protected.
I think that we are at a crisis point. The
future of Christian health care and medical care is being challenged. Even more
than that, our ability to be able to live out
our faith and be explicit about our faith in
our work is being challenged. We need the
support of the Christian community to
turn it around.
F T: Thank you, Larry. /FT