"OTTAWA – The archbishop of Vancouver has written to a local health authority to oppose a threat to make compliance with assisted suicide requests mandatory at all its health institutions, including Catholic hospitals and palliative care centres.
In a Sept. 27 letter to the Fraser Health Authority Board, Archbishop J. Michael Miller warned such a move would 'undermine the contribution of palliative care at the very time it needs support and development.'
'What a cruel dilemma to offer palliative care patients, compassionate care or death, as equally viable options,' he wrote.
His letter followed an incident gaining public attention that involved a man whose assisted suicide request was denied at a Vancouver Catholic hospital."
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