Roy van de Kamp

I am personally deeply concerned about the proposed changes to the Conscientious Objection standard. The proposed changes basically remove the right to conscientious objection by forcing physicians who have a conscientious objection to become accomplices to procedures they have a conscientious objection to. Why was the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is recognized and referred to in the unmodified version dispensed with in the revised version? Alberta is still one of the few provinces that truly allows physicians to act in accordance with their conscience. Where will doctors go if Alberta also restricts their conscience. Where will patients go who want a doctor with principles similar to their own? As citizens in a democracy we must respect the rights and freedoms of our fellow citizens and not force them to become accomplices to procedures that inevitably cause death.

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