Darla Rennick

Physicians need to be able to practice within the bounds of the Hippocratic Oath and by their ethics and conscience. It is not right that an Albertan Doctor be required to refer a patient to another Doctor who will perform a procedure (for example MAiD or a gender reassignment surgery) if it is against their conscience and what they feel is best for the patient. Patients are more than able to search for a practitioner who will perform the procedure they are looking for, when their current practitioner does not feel comfortable performing or referring the patient. A patient's rights are not at all violated, but a Physician's conscience rights ARE violated by requiring that they refer out for a procedure they are not ethically comfortable with. Please hold the line for physicians in the area of freedom of conscience. Thank you.

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