Wesley J. Smith links to a draft ethics statement by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan that, if made official, would require physicians to perform legally permissible "services," including abortion, even if against their consciences.
The statement says at first that they may refuse to do so, but only if they provide a referral to another physician who will perform the service, and provide in a timely fashion. This is bad enough. (Victoria, Australia, already has such a policy in place.) But the statement then goes on to say that the physician must provide the service himself if no one else can be found to provide it without a delay that would be bad for the patient's "health or well-being." The distinction between health and well-being is significant. As Smith points out, this would doubtless be used to imply that psychological harm would come from delaying an abortion or euthanasia, which would mean in effect that the doctor would be required to perform the abortion himself if he couldn't find someone else to do it right away.
Finding someone else to do it would be cooperation with evil in any event, but this goes a step farther even than that.
I note, too, that the services can be requested by an incompetent patient's surrogate decision-maker. So a doctor could presumably be required to abort the child of a minor at the demand of a parent, for example.
Ironically, this evil policy could have a few accidental good effects if it were applied to providing a feeding tube to patients who want it or whose decision-makers want it for them. But I am sufficiently cynical that I seriously doubt that it will be applied to keeping people alive. Even if it were ever thus applied, of course that would be greatly outweighed by the enormous evil of forcing doctors at other times to make people dead.
Cue the leftists implying that making people dead is "part of the job" and that you shouldn't become a doctor if you aren't prepared to "perform your job." They're doing it already in Wesley's comments. As though tearing babies apart or giving lethal injections were just a part of the medical profession! (This might be a good time to reflect on the fact that the practice of medicine is inevitably based on value judgements if it is to be of any use at all.)
I have little hope that this ethics statement will not be adopted, and if it is, presumably the penalty for refusing to cooperate would be losing one's medical license. If I am right, then soon it will be time for doctors in Saskatchewan to take that risk.