Albertans deserve the right to access a peaceful and dignified death.
Your rights in Alberta
Assisted dying has been legal in Canada since June 2016. Since then, more than 650 Albertans have ended their lives with medical assistance.
But, nearly three years later, many Albertans still don’t have fair and equal access to medical assistance in dying (MAID). Some publicly funded healthcare facilities forbid assisted dying on their premises. Some even prevent their patients from being assessed for eligibility on-site.
As a consequence, people who are suffering and at the end of their lives must travel to access MAID — which can be excruciatingly painful. In some cases, people die or lose capacity while they’re waiting for a transfer to be arranged, robbing them of their right to a peaceful death.
Unfair barriers to access
Albertans have spoken: forced transfers for assisted dying are wrong.
Eight in10 Albertans disagree with the practice of allowing publicly funded hospitals in the province to ban assisted dying on-site, according to a February 2019 poll.
Allowing facilities to forbid assisted dying on their premises is an unfair burden on vulnerable Canadians and their families. And our provincial leaders must do more to stop it.
The new provincial government needs to know the strength of Albertans’ support for medical assistance in dying. Let’s make sure that Premier Kenney and his fellow MLAs know that we expect our elected officials to remove the barriers that prevent Albertans from exercising their right to a peaceful death.
Speak out now
Premier Kenney needs to know that we will continue to demand fair access to assisted dying for any Albertan who wants to exercise their right to a peaceful, assisted death.
Please send an email urging Premier Kenney to ensure fair access to assisted dying in all our publicly funded hospitals, hospices, and long-term care facilities.
Together, we can send a strong message to provincial leaders: We will continue to raise our voices until Canadians have fair and equal access to their right to a peaceful death.