From the beginning of the debate over the now legal medical procedure of medically assisted dying, politicians have simply assumed doctors would do it.
Why? Why assume all doctors (and nurses) would be comfortable with this burden?
Especially since the medical professionals most likely to encounter requests for euthanasia would be those devoted to palliative care, to giving their patients as good a quality of life as possible in the final stages of life.
Canada’s assisted dying law does not require doctors to provide medically assisted death personally.
But in Ontario, they must refer the patient to a doctor who will do it, known as effective referral, which many medical professionals say violates their conscience rights not to participate in the euthanasia process. . . [Full text]