Genetic Discrimination Bill in Canada passes 222-60

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09 Mar 2017, 11:53 am

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Liberal backbenchers vote against Trudeau, pass law banning genetic discrimination

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Over the objection of their own government, dozens of Liberal backbenchers voted Wednesday night in favour of a bill banning genetic discrimination.

In voting for what is known as Bill S-201, the backbench Liberals, along with all Conservative, NDP and Green Party MPs made it a crime for, among other things, insurance companies to demand potential customers provide a DNA test in order to get a policy. Additionally, no company will be able to deny someone a job if they fail to have their genes tested.

Protection from discrimination because of an individual’s genetic makeup will now be written into the Canadian Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act.


Here is a little info on why banning genetic discrimination is so important, taken directly from the senator's website who created BILL S-201

https://roliphant.liberal.ca/page/bill- ... ackground/

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The field of genetic testing and precision medicine is rapidly expanding. In 2003, when scientists completed the mapping of the human genome, there were some 100 genetic tests available for genetic mutations associated with particular diseases or conditions. By 2013, when Senator Cowan first spoke about this issue in the Senate, that number had jumped to 2,000. Today, just three years later, there are over 33,660 genetic tests for some 10,000 conditions, and the number of tests keeps growing daily.

Unfortunately, our laws in Canada have not kept pace with science. In Canada, unlike most other Western nations, if one has a genetic test, there is no law, either at the federal or provincial level, that provides protection against a third party demanding access to genetic test results and then using those results, often to one’s detriment. That is what is called genetic discrimination.

Canadians have encountered problems in employment, insurance as well as having been denied custody or access to children in divorce cases— and have even been denied the opportunity to adopt a child because of their genetic test results.

Fear of genetic discrimination is causing many Canadians to reluctantly decide to not proceed with genetic testing that their doctors believe would help with their health care. Perhaps even more importantly, it is forcing parents to decide between potential discrimination and access to the best medical care for their children. That is a decision no parent should have to make.

To ensure the best possible health outcomes for Canadians, Bill S-201 creates a new Genetic Non-Discrimination Act that would prohibit service providers from demanding genetic testing or requiring that a person disclose the results of past genetic testing. It also provides for a complaint procedure for federal employees facing disciplinary action because of results from genetic testing. Lastly, it adds “genetic characteristics” as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act.


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09 Mar 2017, 3:08 pm

Another reason you need to tighten your southern border. I believe America will policy will go the other way. If a genetic discrimination bill is passed it will be meaningless because it will be written by the industry and Autism Speaks and the Simons foundation.


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14 Mar 2017, 12:44 pm

That's very good news. Let's make it a priority to save all of the babies now, disabled and non disabled.


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14 Mar 2017, 2:33 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
That's very good news. Let's make it a priority to save all of the babies now, disabled and non disabled.

This is about the rights of people who are alive not to be discriminated against because of their genetic makeup. This bill does not address abortion based on genetic testing.



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14 Mar 2017, 4:46 pm

Apparently Trudeau's government wants to challenge it in the supreme court before the bill gets to receive royal ascent into law so hopefully that doesn't take too long.


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15 Mar 2017, 11:05 am

Trudeau was a Gattaca fan but wanted the hero to be caught?


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15 Mar 2017, 4:26 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
That's very good news. Let's make it a priority to save all of the babies now, disabled and non disabled.


Happy to hear some good news. 8)



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15 Mar 2017, 4:26 pm

androbot01 wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
That's very good news. Let's make it a priority to save all of the babies now, disabled and non disabled.

This is about the rights of people who are alive not to be discriminated against because of their genetic makeup. This bill does not address abortion based on genetic testing.


Pre-born lives matter.



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15 Mar 2017, 7:05 pm

the_phoenix wrote:
androbot01 wrote:
CockneyRebel wrote:
That's very good news. Let's make it a priority to save all of the babies now, disabled and non disabled.

This is about the rights of people who are alive not to be discriminated against because of their genetic makeup. This bill does not address abortion based on genetic testing.


Pre-born lives matter.

In what way?