A Canadian nurse no longer has her job helping the sick and the elderly after she was told that she must either assist patients who wanted to kill themselves using the country’s new euthanasia law, or resign.
Mary Jean Martin, a Registered Nurse who worked in middle-management as a Homecare Coordinator in Ontario, said she became a nurse in the late 1980s to help the “vulnerable and the struggling,” not to be a link in a chain that would ultimately lead to a patient’s death.
“Can you imagine being a nurse and being told that you have to help kill someone? That's so against the philosophy of nursing and it’s so against the heart of the healthcare person,” she told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview.
“We're not soldiers. We did not sign up to kill people. We are compassionate,” she said.
Martin said that as an employee of the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN), a government-run entity, she was recently told that all healthcare workers would now be required to sign and take an oath of allegiance to observe and comply with the laws of Canada, including the new euthanasia and assisted suicide law.
Last year the country’s Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau passed a law (Bill C-14) governing assisted suicide and euthanasia. The program was euphemistically called Medical Aid in Dying, or MAiD. Two months ago Ontario’s Liberal government led by Kathleen Wynne voted that doctors and nurses must participate in euthanasia and assisted suicide if a patient requests it (Bill 84).
When Martin told her superior that she could not sign such an oath since she did not agree with the new law, she was told: “All employees, as public servants, are expected to take this oath of office and allegiance. If they do not sign this or take this it is taken as an automatic resignation from your position.”
“When I was told that I must either take the oath or it's an automatic resignation, I said that I would rather resign than compromise on my beliefs,” she said.
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