While Ottawa is mulling new federal laws for physician-assisted dying, the Government of Alberta is asking residents for input on what the province should do to prepare for the fast-approaching legalization of end-of-life choice.
- Download Dying With Dignity Canada's 2016 Alberta Health Services Consultation Toolkit
- Go above and beyond: 3 things you can do to influence federal assisted dying legislation
The Alberta Health Services' online survey poses a series of questions relating to how the provision of assisted dying could be managed in the province of Alberta. It asks respondents to weigh in on a number of extremely important issues, including who should be allowed to access aid in dying, where assisted dying could be performed and whether doctors who oppose assisted dying should be required to connect patients who request it with another provider or a third-party referral agency.
This is another not-to-be-missed opportunity to shape the future of physician-assisted dying in Alberta. Once again, we've developed a toolkit to help our supporters speak out in favour of new rules that promote fair, safe and timely access to medical aid in dying. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to complete the online consultation and identifies key questions to watch out for.
Things to note about the online survey:
- The online survey is available here: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6//s?s=29359
- The last day to complete the survey is March 31, 2016.
- The approximate time to complete is 15-20 minutes.
- Most of the answers are multiple choice, but Question 12 allots space for you to provide additional comments.
- You can also fill out a print version of the survey and mail it to the following address:
Sending in additional comments
After completing the survey, you may wish to share additional thoughts with the Alberta government. You are welcome to send your letters to ABHealth.Consultation@gov.ab.ca.
Once you’re done, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’ve weighed in to the AHS. Not only do we love hearing from our supporters, but your feedback helps us gauge the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts.
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