[D]octors in two major cities made national headlines by denying medical care based on religious grounds.
A Calgary doctor working at a walk-in clinic who refused to prescribe contraception based on her personal beliefs posted a sign in the window informing patients “that the physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill.” Women looking for the pill were instead provided with a list of other clinics willing to prescribe it.
Three family doctors in Ottawa were also refusing to provide artificial contraception in any form, including the “morning after pill.”
To put an end to this morass of conflicting moral and religious beliefs, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario announced Friday after a 21-3 vote that the personal opinions of a doctor may not hinder a patient’s access to care. Medical staff who refuse certain services, including the prescription of birth control, could face disciplinary consequences.