An article by PGI Vice-President, Michel Bilodeau, was recently published on the Healthy Debate website (http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/medical-assistance-in-dying-faith-based-hospitals).
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Mr. Bilodeau’s article titled “Governments shouldn’t force faith-based hospitals to perform medical assistance in dying”, argues that most Ontario hospitals do not offer all services (for example some do not offer obstetrics, emergency, surgery) and therefore, there is no reason to force all hospitals to offer medical assistance in dying. It is the responsibility of government and regional authorities to ensure that citizens have access to this service as close to home as possible, but it does not mean that all institutions should be forced to offer it.