The ability of REAL Women to whisper in the Ministers ear and watch the Status of Women, their favorite bug a boo, be eliminated.
In other words by having a panel of social conservatives who oppose abortion what position do you think they will have on embryonic stem cell research? In fact what might their recommendations be about the source of those embryos, which includes aborted as well as surplus frozen embryos.
Tories use Grits' silent-night tactics
The Edmonton JournalPublished: Friday, December 29, 2006
Canadians' fond hopes that Stephen Harper's government would be cleaner and more transparent than its Liberal predecessor may be dissipating in the wake of two announcements the prime minister tried to slip under the radar during the holiday season.
On the eve of the Christmas weekend, Harper unveiled a 10-member panel to oversee and make policy recommendations on reproductive technologies and stem-cell research.
The panel, led by Nova Scotia's former Conservative premier John Hamm, does not include any scientists specializing in the subject. It does, however, include a number of medical doctors (including Hamm) and conservative bioethicists who have been outspoken critics of abortion, research in stem cells and reproductive technologies.
The role of the board is to monitor the medical activities at Canada's in-vitro-fertilization clinics and the publicly funded research being undertaken in Canada's universities, and to make policy recommendations to the government.
The long-overdue creation of the panel, which was called for in the 1993 Royal commission on reproductive technologies, is welcomed by many in the field. What is controversial is who the Harper cabinet has chosen to put on the board, and how they were selected -- a fact the prime minister obviously understood, putting the decision out in an unheralded press release on the Friday afternoon before the Christmas holiday.
When it became clear the move had not gone unnoticed, a spokesman for Health Minister Tony Clement said Wednesday Canadians have nothing to fear from the fact that religious conservatives are well represented on the panel, while scientists and patients' rights groups are not. But neither Harper nor Clement himself have come forward to answer questions about the panel.
Woman Will Take Fight for Frozen Embryos to Ireland's Supreme Court
Think not. Then why the 4pm press release on the Friday of Christmas weekend. Christmas, christ child, birth in a manger. Signaling to the Anti-Abortion lobby that all was right with the world.
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