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Liberals Reject Conscience Rights for Health Care Providers


QUEEN’S PARK – In a recorded vote in the Legislature yesterday, PC MPP Jeff Yurek’s Bill 129, the Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act (Freedom of Conscience in Health Care, was defeated by both the Liberal and NDP Parties. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said that with concerned medical professionals in the galleries observing, it was a disappointing outcome for everyone supportive of the proposed Legislation.

The Bill was introduced on May 3rd in response to Liberals voting down five PC amendments to Bill 84, the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, which would have allowed health care professionals the right to recuse themselves from providing medical assistance in death (MAID) on the grounds of personal, moral or religious beliefs.

“Medical assistance in dying should be accessible for those who qualify and want it, but this government should not be forcing health care practitioners to act against their beliefs,” said Thompson. “It’s disappointing that the Liberals and NDP refused to work with us to stand up for everyone, on all sides of this matter.”

MPP Yurek’s bill was defeated 39 to 23 in a recorded vote yesterday afternoon.

“No other jurisdiction in the world with access to medical assistance in dying penalizes doctors for invoking their conscience rights. It’s disappointing that the government wouldn’t work with our Party on such an important matter. This was too important and we need to get it right,” concluded Thompson. 

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