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MPs blast euthanasia bill for ambiguity, no conscience rights, but Trudeau gvmt digs in

Conservative and New Democrat MPs slammed the Liberals' Bill C-14 during a second reading debate Friday that was dominated by criticism of the bill's lack of conscience rights protection, ambiguous language, and failure to conform to the Supreme Court's Carter decision.

Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott defended the bill, giving no sign that they would support an amendment to protect conscience rights.

Wilson-Raybould said the Canadian Medical Association endorsed the bill without raising questions about conscience rights, while Philpott noted that "we need to make sure conscience rights are protected, but we also know that Canadians need to have access to this care."

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