TORONTO, Ontario, August 26, 2011 ( – The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is calling on the federal government to ban research practices that result in the destruction of human embryos.

At their 91st annual national convention, the CWL passed a resolution urging the government to “prohibit absolutely practices of alteration, manipulation and treatment of human reproductive material that result in the destruction of human embryos.”

The resolution was submitted by the British Columbia and Yukon Provincial Council.  It notes that the federal government’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act, a 2004 law that was vehemently opposed by the pro-life movement, “imposes only selective regulations” on the treatment of human reproductive material.  The CWL points out that the Supreme Court of Canada has said the government could have totally prohibited the manipulation of such material.

The organization, represented at over 1,300 parishes across the country, is also calling on their members to write the government and their local Member of Parliament, and to host a guest speaker on the issue of ethical research practices.

Over 600 delegates met for their national convention in Toronto from August 14-17.  There they passed four resolutions that will shape the national group’s efforts in the coming year.

In addition to passing the resolution on human embryos, the group called for support of the children and families of missing and murdered aboriginal women, the establishment of a national organ and tissue donation and transplantation registry, and the promotion of an awareness campaign on the harmful effects of caffeine in energy drinks.

See the CWL resolution here.