Why should a publicly funded institution be permitted to refuse a service to the dying that is legal and that could be performed on its premises with considerably less agony than exiling the patient?
Force individual medical practitioners to end a life? No. Tell institutions to follow the law? Yes. A dignified ending shouldn’t be hostage to institutional beliefs.
Indeed. It’s not about institutions but the choice of the dying individual. Some medical institutions in Ottawa with religious affiliations are flying in the face of society and the law.
If so, they should not be publicly funded.
Don’t impose your institutional beliefs at a time when patients are most vulnerable.
Let them make a choice.
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