EDMONTON — Criticism swelled on Saturday of a new private
member’s bill that would undo a requirement of doctors to refer
treatment or service which goes against their beliefs, as protestors
rallied at the Alberta Legislature to express their concern.
Sanda Azocar, executive director of Friends of Medicare, called Bill 207, The Conscience Rights Protection Act, an unnecessary piece of proposed legislation that would cause discrimination and harm. . . [Full text]
The Canadian Press
EDMONTON — Opponents of a private member’s bill that calls for
more protection for health workers who invoke conscience rights gathered
at the Alberta legislature Saturday, arguing the bill would limit
access to medical services such as abortions or assisted dying.
Speakers with groups including Friends of Medicare, the Alberta Abortion Access Network and Dying With Dignity told the crowd that people in small communities already have a hard time getting access and advice on some issues. . .[Full text]
Some say the bill could put women’s and LGBTQ rights in question
Public debate swelled Friday after United Conservative Party MLAs voted to advance a private member’s bill that some say could put women’s and LGBTQ rights in question.
The bill would not only let Alberta doctors refuse to advise or assist on things they object to due to for personal or religious beliefs — like abortions, contraception or medically assisted death (MAID) — but also drops the current obligation that they steer patients elsewhere for help. . . [Full text]
A bill that aims to protect the conscience rights of physicians passed first reading in the Alberta legislature Thursday, cracking open a debate around the rights and responsibilities of physicians asked to assist or advise on abortions, contraception or medically assisted deaths.
UCP backbencher MLA Dan Williams introduced the private member’s
bill to reassert the Charter-protected freedom of conscience and
religion for health providers.
“Health care providers should never have to choose between their most deeply held beliefs and their job,” said Williams in a written statement released after the vote. . . [Full text]