Head of Alberta Medical Association has questions about assisted suicide law

The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is hopeful the federal government won't ask doctors to do something contrary to their ethics while they drafts laws on physician-assisted suicide.

EDMONTON — The president of the Alberta Medical Association says he is hopeful the federal government won’t ask doctors to do something contrary to their ethics while they drafts laws on physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Carl Nohr says it’s better for patients if the doctor looking after them is committed to giving them care and the best experience, no matter what the service is.

Last week, the Supreme Court granted a four-month extension to the government to give it more time to come up with a law that will apply to adults who are undergoing intolerable mental or physical suffering.

Nohr says there are some precedents he hopes lawmakers follow, such as abortion, “where the service is available to individuals who request it, without overriding the autonomy of physicians.”

Nohr says the four-month timeline is definitely a tight one, saying there are still several questions that need answers.

For instance, he wants to know how doctors can determine competency, at what age can patients make the decision, and how the death is registered for provincial statistics.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fast-food restaurants serving up free non-medical masks

Would you like a non-medical mask with that burger? The provincial government… Continue reading

Alberta introduces bill to change rules on charter schools, home-schooling

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is proposing to change the rules on… Continue reading

New Zealand near eradication, but virus has grim global hold

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand on Friday had all but eradicated… Continue reading

Twitter adds ‘glorifying violence’ warning to Trump tweet

WASHINGTON — Twitter has added a warning to one of President Donald… Continue reading

Economy can’t be restarted until COVID-19 assistance is sorted out

Bill Morneau is calling it the “safe restart.” The finance minister says… Continue reading

Count on the military for sound climate change advice

Re: “Global warming critics find themselves under attack,” Letter, May 26. I… Continue reading

Comment: Red Deer educator is wished a happy retirement

I just want to let everyone know of the retirement of my… Continue reading

Canadian-born goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh receives U.S. green card

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Canadian-born goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh has received his U.S.… Continue reading

Whyte, Marchant willing to wait one more year to cap their Olympic careers

TORONTO — Angela Whyte and Lanni Marchant hoped to write victorious final… Continue reading

Ai Weiwei says new security law is the end of Hong Kong

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei believes the… Continue reading

Rapper lethally targeted in brazen gunplay on downtown Toronto street

TORONTO — A brazen daylight ambush and shootout on a busy downtown… Continue reading

More hospitals part of plasma transfusion trial to treat COVID-19 with antibodies

More hospitals part of plasma transfusion trial to treat COVID-19 with antibodies

Most Read