OTTAWA, December 17, 2002 ( – Dr. Dianne Irving, a PhD graduate of the first ever program in bioethics from the Kennedy Institute – where the field received its beginnings – has delivered a stinging evaluation of the Canadian stem cell research legislation.  Dr. Irving, currently a Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics as well as a former bench research biochemist with the National Institutes of Health, was asked to present her analysis of the legislation to the Commons Health Committee by Jose Cadorette, the Clerk of the committee.  In her written testimony to the committee, Dr. Irving points out that the legislation is all but completely useless failing to prohibit the procedures it claims to prohibit.  According to Dr. Irving, by the use of false definitions, Bill C-13 would even allow for human reproductive cloning.  She warns that under the legislation legally valid informed consent will not be possible and she presents compelling reasons why ‘no bill is better than a flawed bill’ such as bill C-13.

See today’s Special Report which is a brief summary of Dr. Irving’s conclusions as submitted to the Health Committee on December 9, 2002:


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