It is time to rise from our slumber. There is an international war being waged on the conscience of the medical profession.
The culture of death that imposes abortion and euthanasia on a society demands that doctors are submissive and complicit in depriving their patients of life. There is absolutely no place for doctors with a conscience in this new culture particularly for those who respect the sanctity of life of every human being from conception to natural death.
Our conscience is our most precious possession. It has been conferred on us by our Creator to guide us on our journey, to help us to choose good and to avoid evil.
The End of Life Choice bill currently out of the ballot awaiting its return by Labour, Section 26, of the bill requires that if a doctor is not prepared to be involved with killing his patient he/she has a legal duty to refer the patient to a doctor who will facilitate the killing. Doctors who refuse to comply could be struck off the register and denied the right to practice medicine.
The Green Party are drafting a Private Members bill to decriminalise abortion. Right to Life has been advised that doctors will be required to authorise an abortion, or refer the woman to a doctor who will. This is an assault on the conscience of doctors who respect life.
The assault on conscience comes not only from Legislatures but also surprisingly from Medical Associations. In 2010 the Medical Council of New Zealand proposed removing the protection of the law from doctors refusing to be involved in authorising abortions on conscience grounds. This unjust action was opposed and defeated by a group of pro-life doctors in the High Court.
In Victoria and Tasmania doctors have been deprived of legal protection for their conscience. They now have a legal obligation to perform abortions or refer women to a doctor who will. In March, France legalised terminal sedation, a euphemism for euthanasia. Medical practitioners there are obliged by law to comply with a patient’s request for terminal sedation, or refer them to a doctor who is prepared to kill them; failure to do so could incur being struck off.
Following the decision of the Canadian Supreme Court to allow euthanasia, the Ontario and Saskatchewan colleges of doctors and surgeons are drafting rules requiring doctors to cooperate with a patient’s request for euthanasia or refer; failure to comply could result in the doctor being struck off the register and being denied the right to practice medicine.
Such laws are a prescription for medical martyrdom; doctors will be forced to choose between adhering to their faith or moral code and remaining in their profession.
The ultimate goal of the proponents of the culture of death is to remove doctors of conscience from the practice of medicine. Medical schools ultimately, will admit only students who are prepared to kill their patients, assist in their suicide and be prepared to kill the unborn.
It is absolutely imperative that for the safety of the community that we allow the medical profession to practice medicine according to conscience and that we provide effective legal protection for the conscience of the medical profession including nurses; we owe this to our children and our grandchildren and for the protection of all humanity.
Failure to protect the conscience of doctors will have a catastrophic affect on the practice of medicine. Doctors will cease to be committed to protecting the health of their patients but will become instruments of the state, which will decide who shall live and who shall be killed.
This will be reminiscent of the Nazi regime in Germany when German doctors were ordered not to take the Hippocratic Oath but to take an oath to dedicate their medical skills to the health of the fatherland as dictated by the Nazi authorities. Lest we forget, it was Nazi doctors who stood on the railway siding at Auschwitz, who on the arrival of trains bearing Jews, separated those who were to die immediately in the gas chambers and those who were to be allowed to live as slave labour for the fatherland.
George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”