The health of “vulnerable” people living in remote communities
across Australia could be put at risk if the Commonwealth pushes ahead
with its Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, experts say.
Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Rob Parker has
written to Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter asking for
significant changes to the proposed legislation.
Dr Parker was concerned conservative doctors could deny vulnerable patients health care on moral grounds, leaving them with few other options. . . [Full text]
21 November, 2019
A bill creating special conscience rights for doctors will not
move on to debate in the house after doctors and health-care advocates
told legislators in a committee meeting Thursday night that it put
access to medical care at risk.
A committee voted 8-2 for Bill 207 to not proceed, including 4 UCP MLAs voting against it going to debate.
“No one right is more important than another right. When our rights as human beings come into conflict with each other’s rights, we must always ask ourselves: where is the greater harm?” said Stephanie Shostak of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta at the committee meeting. . . [Full text]
EDMONTON — Criticism swelled on Saturday of a new private
member’s bill that would undo a requirement of doctors to refer
treatment or service which goes against their beliefs, as protestors
rallied at the Alberta Legislature to express their concern.
Sanda Azocar, executive director of Friends of Medicare, called Bill 207, The Conscience Rights Protection Act, an unnecessary piece of proposed legislation that would cause discrimination and harm. . . [Full text]
Backbench MLA faces continued questions about potential implications of Bill 207
The Alberta UCP MLA behind a controversial bill on conscience
rights for health care providers says the bill isn’t intended to cut
access to services like abortion and medical assistance in dying as
critics have charged.
“I feel there is some misinformation about what the bill is
trying to do and what it does do,” Peace River MLA Dan Williams told
“I want to be absolutely clear. This bill in no way categorically limits access to any services. That was not my intent, that is not what the bill does.” . . . [Full text]
A controversial doctors’ conscience-rights bill won’t impede
services for abortion, transgendered people and those seeking medically
assisted death, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Wednesday.
But the minister admitted he isn’t entirely familiar with some aspects of private member’s Bill 207, which passed first reading in the legislature last week.
Those comments came the same day the Alberta Medical Association expressed opposition to the bill, calling it “unnecessary” while saying it threatens to “limit access to patient services.” . . . [Full text]