I support the call: Allow assisted dying for all who choose it
Every Canadian in grievous and irremediable suffering has the right to choose a medically-assisted death.
For many Canadians that right remains unfulfilled.
Publicly funded religious hospitals and healthcare facilities are denying patients are access to medical assistance in dying because of dictates from Bishops and unaccountable religious leaders.
The federal law on assisted dying, passed in June 2016, excludes mature minors, those with mental illnesses and those facing degenerative conditions.
A bill that would make some positive amendments to the law died when the government prorogued Parliament in August 2020.
If you're concerned about these issues, join the call.
I support the right of an individual who has made a clear decision, free from coercion, to choose a medically assisted death.
- Minimal eligibility criteria for an assisted death. The Carter decision is a "floor and not a ceiling" and Parliament should make Canada a world-leader in end of life options.
- Guaranteed access. Publicly funded healthcare facilities, including hospitals, hospices and residential care facilities, should not be able to "opt-out" of providing access to MAiD. Facilities that refuse to provide legal healthcare services should see their funding revoked.
- No conscientious objections. Medical professionals have a responsibility to respect their patients' autonomy and their dignity. Any allowances must be rare, unrelated to belief in a deity and applied in a manner that places first priority on the patient’s wishes.