Canada Calls for Global Bans on Human
Cloning, Germline Modification
At recent international meetings, senior Canadian officials
for global bans on human cloning, germline modification, and
other genetic and reproductive practices. Canada is now considering
national law that would ban human cloning, germline alteration,
selection, animal-human hybrids, the creation of embryos solely
purpose of research, and commercial surrogacy.
Speaking to the World Health Assembly on May 15, Health Minister
Rock called for an international cloning ban. The Assembly is
body that sets the programs of the World Health Organization.
characterized cloning as one of a number of unethical reproductive
practices that are "inconsistent with human dignity and
He recommended that individual governments address these issues
domestic legislation but added that "a collective international
is also necessary" to prevent "reproductive tourism."
reaction to the proposal was very positive.
At the June meeting of the G8 science ministers where demonstrators
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marched to protest human cloning, Canadian Secretary of State
Science, Research and Development Gilbert Normand said Canada
take the lead in convincing G8 members that human cloning should
prohibited worldwide. He also spoke against intellectual property
rights to information on the human genome.