Anna Specht

I believe that it is critical that all physicians be able to maintain the right to refuse a service and referral based on their moral conscience. To force anyone to go against conscience is a direct violation of our rights as free Canadians. Many times there are options for service that a patient has not explored that will align with a physician's moral code and with their oath of practice. Physicians should always treat their patients with respect and dignity and look for ways to give them the best care they need. Often times a patient seeks care based on what they feel at the time and the resources they know about. A physician with a moral conscience will have other resources that may benefit the patient more. For example, often times a patient who request euthanasia does so because they have not been offered or cannot easily access the resources they need to thrive in life. Healing should always be the goal.

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