Dr Ramona Coelho is a family physician from London, Ontario who cares for people with disabilities and marginalized persons.
We’re in a very difficult situation in Ontario. Our College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has a polity that mandates that we don’t follow our consciences, that we make referrals and arrange interviews for medical aid in dying even if we don’t feel that this is a good thing for the patient.
So the government is saying now that I have to check my conscience at the door, and whatever is legal, I need to offer my patient. However, there are things that are legal now, in Canada, that I do not and cannot ever accept as good for my patient.