Provinces win control of in-vitro fertilization in Supreme Court challenge

A divided Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the right of the provinces to regulate in-vitro fertilization.

But the court said the federal government is within its rights in banning cloning and human hybrids.

The court issued a divided advisory opinion Wednesday that grappled with the “weighty moral concerns” of assisted reproduction. It upheld, in part, a 2008 Quebec Court of Appeal decision that declared Ottawa overstepped itself in asserting its right to regulate the use of human sperm, eggs and embryos.

The court split 4-4-1 with Justice Thomas Cromwell offering the determining view in what amounted to a complex analysis of the time-honoured constitutional rights of provinces to control health care.  Read More…

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  1. Rishi Crockett says:

    @sam in that scenario male-male combinations would be able to have male and female children. Female-female combinations could only have female children.

    Just one of the interesting facts of genetics.

  2. DrumMaster Sam says:

    Would be cool to see one day when science is able to take the 23-pair chromosomes of one gender and combine it with another person of the same gender (e.g. male-male, and female-female).

  3. Adan Kitchell says:

    I’ve found that religious folks are most against it because it gives same sex female couples to have children.

  4. Colter Crandell says:

    History shows in vitro has had many lab mix-ups and it would be sad to think that it was discovered what you thought was your brother/sister was a stranger.

  5. Rhett says:

    IVF has advanced considerably and for people to still be fearful is silly.

    Not everyone is looking to be another Octo-mom and cash in on her fame.

  6. Devon W. says:

    Take another vote from these Chief Justices and i’d bet someone will flip.

  7. Rickie Howard says:

    Ban in vitro already! It’s completely immoral!

  8. Jaquez says:

    I want my trout/pig hybrid pet! I’d call him Dinner and call it a day. The future looks bright!

    Ive got my fork and knife in hand, and bib on stand-by.

  9. Mattias Luniak says:

    I was a product of in-vitro. There is no controversy..for me it was a necessity.

  10. Nigel Stoeckel says:

    Quebec always doing their own thing.

  11. Rajan Gonealez says:

    We should be like the U.S. and abolish all regulations and see how things work out…


  12. Reuben says:

    Wow, 4-4 split. That was TOO close!! It could have gone the other way and that would have been that!

  13. Malcolm says:

    “Assisted reproduction raises weighty moral concerns,” — wtf? How else are young mothers who cant have children the natural way going to do it?

  14. Jaquez says:

    @erica, god had nothing to do with it.

  15. erica says:

    Thank god for the supreme court!

  16. Robby C says:

    It will be a matter of time when human hybrids and cloning will be legal. Where there is money to be had regulations will always be laxed. You’ll see!

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