When It Comes to Physician-Assisted Death, Could Religious Hospitals Ethically Refuse?

March 3, 2016

(CBC) – Decades after Ottawa legalized abortion, few hospitals with historic Catholic ties perform them — raising the question of whether the courts will force publicly funded health institutions to offer physician-assisted suicide when it becomes legal in Canada. A Providence Health Care memo circulating last week revealed the network of hospitals in Vancouver would not permit physician-assisted death, citing conformity with the ethical guidelines of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada.