Canada protects 'conscience rights' of many, not all

Monday, November 18, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor with stethoscopeCanada needs a nationwide law to protect the people in the medical field who don’t want to be party to killing another human being, says a euthanasia opponent.

Among the country’s provinces, the Alberta legislature has rejected a bill that would protect the conscience rights of doctors and nurses but Manitoba passed its version in 2017.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow the Alberta bill protects health care workers and health care facilities, and calls conscience rights a “fundamental” right and a “human rights” issue.

Schadenberg, Alex (EPC)“And therefore what it's saying is it doesn't matter if you're religious or not religious,” Schadenberg explains. “If you believe something to be wrong, you cannot be forced to provide that or refer for that.”

Ontario doctors currently operate under an “effective referral” policy in which they are not forced to perform euthanasia but are required to refer the patient to someone who is willing.  

Any national legislation would likely be introduced by a member of the Conservative Party but would face opposition from the Liberal Party and from Justin Trudeau, the far-left prime minister who was recently re-elected.

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