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OTTAWA, Dec 16 ( – The absence of a bill regulating new reproductive technology which the government promised to introduce by the fall of 1999 has been highlighted recently by a Senator and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC). 

Last week Senator Lucie Pépin, pointed out to her colleagues in the Senate that the 1993 recommendations of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive and Genetic Technology have not yet been acted upon, leaving Canada in a dangerous position. Pepin urged the government “act as quickly as possible” on the matter “in order to protect the health and well-being of Canadians.” 

Yesterday the EFC issued a press release urging the government to introduce the Reproductive Technologies Bill. 

Janet Epp Buckingham, acting director for the Centre of Faith and Public Life noted that some main concerns in the area for the EFC include human cloning, sex-  selection, and the “Sale of Aborted Fetal Tissue”. 

The EFC, an association of 32 Protestant member denominations, has written a letter to Allan Rock, Minister of Health, expressing its concern “over recent media reports that a researcher at the University of British Columbia procured fetal body parts from an American ‘organ procurement agency’”. 

With files from the Parliament of Canada.