What responsibilities do physicians who conscientiously object to assisted dying have to patients who request it?
That was the topic of a pointed discussion in a committee of legislators on Monday night. Advocates and experts testified to MLAs about Bill 34, the government’s proposed legislation on medical assistance in dying (MAID).
Dying With Dignity Canada has major concerns about the bill, which threatens to reinforce unfair barriers to MAID access in the province of Manitoba. DWDC Communications Officer Cory Ruf presented via teleconference to MLAs on the Manitoba legislature’s Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs.
Despite the concerns DWDC raised, the committee did not make any amendments to this piece of legislation. It is expected to go to a final vote in the Manitoba legislature by the end of the week, according to a report in the Winnipeg Free Press. (The CBC also covered the meeting on Bill 34.)