OTTAWA, June 28 ( – A document obtained by a freedom of information request revealed that feminist groups are pushing the government to allow sex selection of babies to continue in Canada. The news comes as laws governing new reproductive technologies are to be introduced later this year. The Ottawa Citizen obtained a copy of a briefing memo to Health Minister Allan Rock he received just prior to a meeting with Secretary of State for the Status of Women Hedy Fry.

“The issue of sex-selection for non-medical reasons has received mixed support from groups within the secretary’s constituency,” said the memo. “While some support a ban on sex selection for non-medical reasons, others see the ban as an infringement on women’s right to choose.”  The memo suggested that Rock respond to Fry’s concerns saying: “I understand that the issue of sex-selection for non-medical reasons is unresolved within the multicultural and women’s groups. “Some groups support government action to prohibit sex-selection because it is discriminatory, while other women’s groups see it as infringing on a woman’s choice.”

The memo indicates that Health Canada will retain the proposed ban on sex selection other than for health reasons such as sex-linked disorders. However, pro-life observers note that all the methods of sex selection are morally reprehensible for any reason. The most common practice is pre-natal sex diagnosis and abortion of the child of the unwanted sex (usually female). Other methods include screening out the unwanted male or female embryos as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF necessarily involving the death of embryos) and sperm screening which attempts to sort sperm for X or Y chromosomes to increase the chances of conception of a child of a particular sex (thus removing the creation of the child from the act of unitive love between husband and wife).  Apart from the issues at hand, the memo also reveals the startling extent to which Canadians are governed, not so much by their elected representatives, but by unaccountable beaurocrats who dictate policy behind the scenes. The memo “suggests” talking points for Mr. Rock, however the suggestions are given as not as “points” but as complete sentences which could be parroted verbatim.


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