Medical schools should deny applicants who object to provide abortion, assisted death: bioethicist

A bioethicist is calling for medical schools to eliminate applicants who would oppose providing medical services over objections to them based on their personal beliefs. The call from Udo Schuklenk, a Queen’s University professor and the Ontario Research Chair in…

Alberta’s controversial ‘conscience rights’ Bill 207 voted down in committee hearing

UCP MLA Dan Williams’ private member’s bill dealing with conscience rights was voted down at a committee hearing at the Alberta Federal Building on Thursday night. Bill 207, intended to further entrench health care providers’ ability to deny services or…

MLAs can vote their conscience on health providers conscience rights bill, premier says

The premier won’t whip United Conservative Party MLA votes on a private members’ bill that could leave Alberta women without legal recourse if an objecting doctor refuses to refer her to a colleague for an abortion or contraception. Delegates listen…

UCP MLA’s bill on health workers’ conscience rights passes 1st reading, NDP fear it reopens abortion debate

A private member’s bill meant to “commit health care providers’… [conscience] rights from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in provincial law,” passed first reading at the Alberta legislature on Thursday. Bill 207 was introduced in the legislature by…

UCP MLA’s private member’s bill to reopen debate on physician conscience rights

Alberta politicians are to debate the role of conscience rights and the responsibilities of physicians asked to assist or advise on abortions, contraception or medically assisted deaths. United Conservative backbencher Dan Williams is to introduce Thursday a private member’s bill…