sábado, 11 de marzo de 2017

Canada passes genetic 'anti-discrimination' law | BioEdge

Canada passes genetic 'anti-discrimination' law



Canada passes genetic ‘anti-discrimination’ law
     


Canada’s House of Commons has passed a controversial new law that prevents corporations from demanding genetic information from potential employees or customers.
The law, known as ‘Bill S-201’, makes it illegal for companies to deny someone a job if they refuse a genetic test, and also prevents insurance companies from making new customer policies conditional on the supply of genetic information. Insurance companies will no longer be able to solicit genetic tests so as to determine customer premiums.
Critics of the bill said that insurance premiums would skyrocket, in some cases up to 30 or 50 per cent, if companies are prevented from obtaining genetic data. And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau labelled the proposed legislation “unconstitutional” as it impinges on what he believes should be a matter for individual provinces to regulate.
Yet the bill’s supporters have described current mandatory genetic testing practices as a form of discrimination and a threat to privacy.
Following the parliamentary vote, which was 222-60 in favour, Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, the sponsor of the bill, described the result as a ‘victory for human rights’:
“This was a great day for Parliament, a great day for human rights and a greater day for people who are worried about getting the genetic test that could save their life but are afraid of facing discrimination”.
Some doctors say that the new protections will give patients the confidence to have genetic tests in hospitals, as this data can no longer be used against them by corporations.


Bioedge

A State Senator in Hawaii, Breene Harimoto gave an emotional address this week to persuade his colleagues to vote against a bill for legalising physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. He said that in 2015 he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which has a low survival rate and can be quite painful. But he was cured. “It is a miracle that I am still alive,” he said.
His point was that “terminal illness” is almost meaningless. Margaret Dore, a Seattle lawyer who lobbied against the bill, recalls an even more dramatic incident. “A few years ago, I was met at the airport by a man who at age 18 or 19 had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and given 3 to 5 years to live, at which time he would die by paralysis. His diagnosis had been confirmed by the Mayo Clinic. When he met me at the airport, he was 74 years old. The disease progression had stopped on its own."
If Senator Harimoto or Ms Dore’s friend had the option of assisted suicide, they might stopped fighting their disease and chosen a quick death. They would have chopped decades off their lives. “Terminal illness” is a pillar of assisted suicide legislation – and it just doesn’t make sense. 


Michael Cook
Editor
BioEdge

NEWS THIS WEEK
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
But supports warning parents over Down syndrome
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
If deafness disappears, who will speak their language?
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
Market is expanding to Asia and Africa
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
A bad habit with a huge health cost
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
They receive significant funding and industry reps sit on their boards
by Michael Cook | Mar 11, 2017
Australian hospitals duped by fake doctor
by Xavier Symons | Mar 10, 2017
Indian authorities have discovered 19 aborted fetuses dumped in plastic bags in the western state of Maharashtra.
by Xavier Symons | Mar 10, 2017
Canada has passed a new law that prevents corporations from demanding genetic information from potential employees or customers.
by Xavier Symons | Mar 10, 2017
Several jurisdictions are debating legislation that would ‘outlaw’ or ‘condemn’ euthanasia and assisted suicide.
by Xavier Symons | Mar 10, 2017
The Philippine House of Representatives has voted in favour of a bill that would allow the execution of criminals.
by Michael Cook | Mar 06, 2017
Articles reporting that old headlines are not true tend not to end up on the front page
BioEdge
Suite 12A, Level 2 | 5 George St | North Strathfield NSW 2137 | Australia
Phone: +61 2 8005 8605
Mobile: 0422-691-615
New Media Foundation | Level 2, 5 George St | North Strathfield NSW 2137 | AUSTRALIA | +61 2 8005 8605