As of today, all Ontario doctors are now required to give referrals for abortions and other services that they personally oppose. Patients who are seeking assistance for health-related issues that go against a doctor's personal or religious beliefs are now no longer allowed to be turned away without referral to another doctor who is able to help them with their medical issue. Two of the main medical services that many patients throughout Ontario often have issue seeking are abortions and assisted dying.\nAccording to CBC, this decision was unanimously ruled on today at around 10:30 AM ET, at the Superior Court of Ontario, as part of a challenge to a policy issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario two years ago.\nNow that this ruling has been handed down, this referral requirement will allow all Ontarians to have access to the health care they are looking for, despite the belief of their doctors. Patients who are seeking to get an abortion or any other medical procedure that the doctor does not agree with can no longer be turned away.\nWhile the decision was unanimous, during this challenge, multiple doctors and professional organizations argued against this referral requirement, stating that it goes against doctor's rights. They stated that patients could just go find another doctor themselves.\nHowever, the court found that even though this new policy can be seen as an infringement on the doctor's religious freedom and rights, the benefits of medical assistance to the public is more important.\nView this post on Instagram One of my new doctors has an interesting place, a true mashup of retro/old-school meets 21st Century for the waiting room & exam rooms. Doc is very nice and seems extremely attentive— a much-needed change for this one specialty regarding my daily life long-term. #medical #doctor #doctoroffice #mashup #decor #technology #60smeet20teens #20thand21stcenturydesign #hematology #blooddoctor A post shared by Kristine Yarwood (@kristineyarwood) on Apr 4, 2019 at 2:11pm PDT\nPatients who are turned away by a doctor with no referrals often face barriers, especially if they are living in remote areas or are vulnerable to their situation.\nThese referrals still allow doctors to practice their religious freedom, by not providing the service themselves, while still ensuring that the patient has access to the proper healthcare that they need.\nView this post on Instagram This setting has become a very familiar place for me. I've spent more time in this doctor's office in the last 4 months than I have in my whole life. I just wish I could get help, because like.. things are not getting better, only worse.. You did this to me, those in my past, those who abandoned me, and cheated on me, and pushed my already weak mental health over the edge. . . . . . . . . #invisibleillness #doctoroffice #mentalillness #mentalhealth #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #ptsd #autism #generalizedanxietydisorder #chronicdepression #disability A post shared by PinkyPeachy (@pinky.mommabear) on Mar 15, 2019 at 12:02pm PDT\nThis vote comes days after Conservative MPPs pledged to put a stop to abortions throughout Ontario. Narcity reported recently that Niagra West MPP Sam Oosterhoff joined an anti-abortion protest at Queen's Park. He discussed how abortions should be made 'unthinkable in our lifetime' and that children, no matter how small, need to be respected.\nHowever, Oosterhoff's speech caused a lot of uproar throughout Ontario as Ontarians disagreed with his statements. Many stated that the rights that a woman has over her body should never be taken away by the government or their healthcare provider.\nThrough this new vote though, it has become clear that the Ontario healthcare system is protecting Ontarians' right to have access to abortions and other medical services.