The Catholic Register
EDMONTON — A United Conservative Party MLA has lost his bid to strengthen the rights of health-care providers in Alberta to refuse procedures contrary to their moral beliefs.
Dan Williams’ Bill 207, the Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act, was shot down by his fellow members of the legislature who sit on the assembly’s standing committee for private members’ bills. Eight of 10 committee members voted against the bill’s second reading, including some of Williams’ UCP colleagues.
Neither Premier Jason Kenney nor Health Minister Tyler Shandro had voiced support for the bill. Nevertheless, Williams will continue to advocate for conscience rights. . . [Full text]
‘This is a very political thing and a very cynical thing and it is not about physicians’
A controversial private member’s bill that called for more
protection for Alberta health workers who invoke conscience rights was
rejected Thursday by an all-party committee of the legislature.
The Conscience Rights Act for Healthcare Workers, or Bill 207 — introduced
by Peace River MLA and UCP (United Conservative Party) backbencher Dan
Williams — would have meant doctors could not be sued or sanctioned for
refusing to provide a service that goes against their moral beliefs.
Some doctors and patient advocates said the bill would limit access to medical services such as contraception, abortion and assisted dying. . .[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]
A pair of Calgary MLAs say they won’t support a controversial
private-member’s bill meant to extend protection for physicians’
Introduced in the legislature last week by Peace River MLA and UCP backbencher Dan Williams, Bill 207 would prevent patients from submitting a professional complaint or suing a health-care worker for failing to provide a service if medical staff objects to it. The bill would also add “conscientious beliefs” as grounds protected from discrimination in the Alberta Human Rights Act. . . [Full text]
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.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said at a Friday press conference his government will “always have free votes” on bills introduced to the legislature by individual MLAs, as compared to government bills. . . [Full text]