21 November, 2019
A bill creating special conscience rights for doctors will not
move on to debate in the house after doctors and health-care advocates
told legislators in a committee meeting Thursday night that it put
access to medical care at risk.
A committee voted 8-2 for Bill 207 to not proceed, including 4 UCP MLAs voting against it going to debate.
“No one right is more important than another right. When our rights as human beings come into conflict with each other’s rights, we must always ask ourselves: where is the greater harm?” said Stephanie Shostak of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta at the committee meeting. . . [Full text]
Bill reopens debate on physicians’ conscience rights
Advocates say a bill before the Alberta legislature, purported
to defend the conscience rights of health-care professionals, could
effectively legalize discrimination against transgender people.
Critics say the bill strips the requirement for health-care
professionals to refer a patient to another physician if the patient’s
needs conflict with their personal or religious beliefs.
“This bill, as it stands, is going to create a situation where
there will be legal, government-sanctioned discrimination,” said Holly
Tomm, president of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta.
“It needs to be stopped.” . . . [Full text]