Clinicians' Experiences with Institutional Religious Obstructions of MAiD (IROs)

INVITATION TO SHARE AND CONTRIBUTE

NOTE TO CLINICIANS
There is a legal team preparing a court challenge to Institutional Religious Obstructions of medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada (IRO). There are many facilities across Canada who claim a religious affiliation and on that basis object to MAID. An IRO could include:
• The failure to provide accurate information about eligibility for MAID;
• Delays in facilitating access to MAID;
• Forcing a patient to transfer to another location in order to access MAID;
• An outright denial of access for patients who cannot be safely transferred; and
• Any other interference with a person’s legal entitlement to MAID.

It is anticipated that the challenge will include claims of violations of Charter rights for patients, their families, and clinicians. This form relates solely to clinicians’ claims of breaches of their own Charter-protected freedom of conscience.

If you have experienced one or more IROs and are willing to share your experiences with the legal team, please complete this form.

This form will solicit information about the following:
• Your moral and ethical personal commitments and your professional ethical obligatons
• Harms you have personally experienced having to try to care for patents in the face of IROs.

We have two goals for this form:
1) To gather information on the range of IROs and consequences of those IROs specifically on clinicians;
2) To identify potential clinician plaintiffs for the court challenge. Please note that you do NOT need to be willing to act as a plaintiff to complete the form – information for goal #1 is very helpful independent of #2.

Inasmuch as you have patients/families who want their stories told, please direct them to DWDC www.dyingwithdignity.ca/get-involved/share-your-forced-transfer-story/ or 1-800-495-6156.

Note:
• Please do not include any patient information that could breach your confidentiality obligations.
• These forms will be kept confidential and will only be reviewed by members of the legal team and will only be used for the purpose specified above.
• Please complete this form once, capturing all of your experiences with IROs on the one form. We do not at this point need individualized case descriptions.

Court challenge to Institutional Religious Obstructions of medical assistance in dying (MAID) in Canada (IRO)

Form to capture experiences of IRO with clinicians

Name
I am a
Nature of IROs (Check any that you have encountered)
Patient Consequences
(Check as many as possible)
Have you experienced IROs as inconsistent with your personal moral and ethical commitments and obligations? If so, please provide details.
Have you experienced IROs as inconsistent with your professional moral and ethical commitments and obligations? If so, please provide details.
Have you experienced any psychological or other harms as a result of IROs? If so, please provide details.
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