Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ontario doctors shouldn't be forced to refer their patients for euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs did a clause-by-clause consideration of euthanasia Bill 84, "An Act to amend various Acts with respect to medical assistance in dying" today.

The committee rejected all amendments to Bill 84 including an amendment to protect conscience rights for medical professionals.

Yesterday, a group of doctors held a press conference urging the Ontario government to protect conscience rights for medical professionals by amending Bill 84. CHCH news reported:

Doctors speaking out say they shouldn’t be forced to refer their patients to another doctor who is willing to help them die if they disagree with the practice. 
“None of us ever envisioned whether we took our hippocratic oath 40 years ago or 4 years ago that we would one day be legislated to cooperate in the death of our patients.”
Doctors who oppose killing patients by lethal injection will also oppose sending their patients to a doctor who will kill their patients. An "effective referral" to a doctor who will kill is similar to killing the patient yourself.

Since Ontario has a Liberal majority government and since the Ontario Liberal government policies have made them unpopular, it is time that the Liberal caucus wake up and buck the unpopular policies of the own government. Protecting conscience rights for medical professionals is a good place to start.


Sean L. Tobin said...

It is my considered opinion that Doctors must have the right to opt out of any program that brings about the death of another

MargB said...

The Supreme Court of Canada did provide in the legislation for conscience rights. I think this issue needs to be made a court case asap. I think the OMA needs to legally challenge this. In Alberta no referral is required. I think killing our patients is not health care and it is not in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath that I swore when I received my MD.
Furthermore one must obey God when human laws violate God's laws. Commandment #5. "Thou shalt not kill"
Plain and straightforward. No sophistry there!