Covenant Health in Alberta will not participate in euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Last February, Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton stated clearly that Covenant Health will not participate in acts of euthanasia or assisted suicide.

A few days ago, CBC news reported that Alberta's Associate health minister stated that:

physicians and other health-care workers will not be forced to take part in this procedure if it goes against their beliefs. She said procedures are being set up to move patients, if necessary.

"We're working to set out a framework of protocols and processes to ensure that if a patient in a facility where medical assistance in dying is not available, that there will be a process in place for transfer of care likely through Alberta Health Services,"

Payne stated that this framework for transferring patients will be in place by June 6.

Covenant Health has proven that protecting Conscience rights requires a clear and united position by health care professionals and institutions. Thank you Covenant Health.

Alberta Physicians group supports assisted death for minors and forcing doctors to refer patients to death

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. 

Dr. Trevor Theman

Dr. Trevor Theman

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.