By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta approved a advisory document for doctors who participate in assisted death. The new document is based on a consultation document that was circulated in September 2015.
According to Global News, advisory document approves assisted death for minors and it forces doctors to refer their patients to death.
CPSA Registrar Dr. Trevor Theman said there’s no strict age limit on the requirement for consent, suggesting medical procedures aren’t typically based on age.
“It’s somebody who would not yet be of adult age, who is fully capable of understanding the options and the choices that are available–and the consequences of each–and is understood to have the capacity to make that decision,” he said.
Theman said doctors will still be able to opt out of providing assistance to patients who wish to die, but must provide patients with access.
“If I, as a physician, choose not to assist my patient, I need to make sure my patient has access and is not disadvantaged from gaining access to legally available procedures,” Theman said.
The slope is slippery. Canada has not yet decriminalized assisted dying and the federal government has asked the Supreme Court for a six-month extension to legislate and yet the Provincial College's of Physicians and Surgeons are already expanding the criteria for killing and throwing doctors who oppose killing their patients "under the bus" by requiring them to refer their patients to death.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is now seeking input concerning standards of consent.
Killing by lethal injection or prescribing lethal concoctions of drugs is not and will never be healthcare.