Statement: HIV and human rights organizations applaud court ruling on doctors claiming right to discriminate on religious beliefs

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH), welcome today’s decision by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) regarding whether doctors can put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients’ rights to health care.

As we argued before the court, it is unreasonable for physicians to claim a right to put their own religious beliefs ahead of providing non-discriminatory and dignified access to health care for their many patients.

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