Stem Cell Considerations and Its Implications

On May 9, 2002, Canada’s Minister of Health introduced in the House of Commons the Act Respecting Assisted Human Reproduction. The Act is seen by many, including the Health Minister as “middle-of-the-road” legislation because, on the one hand, it prohibits the creation of embryo clones not only for reproduction but also for the purpose of research (the latter is permitted in Great Britain) while, on the other hand, allowing research on “left-over” embryos after in-vitro fertilization (which is not allowed in the United States).

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