AuthorMaureen McTeer
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When my rst book Tough Choices: Living and Dying in the 21st Century
(Irwin Law) was published in , Canada had no legislation governing
assisted human reproduction, and research on human embryos was in its
early stages. Today, the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHR Act) needs
a thorough parliamentary review.
As was the case with my rst book, my goal is to help broaden the
public discussion of these important societal public policy and legal issues.
Modern governments say to its citizens, “Tell us what you think.” But if
we are really to become part of the policy-making discussion, we need
to have the knowledge to do so. We must at least know the basics of the
challenge and be able to set it within its historical context. Only then
will we understand the inuences that drive these technologies and their
possibilities for both great good and serious harm. At the moment, few
Canadians are deeply involved in these discussions and decisions. at
must change. I oer this book as a tool to help Canadians play a real part
in these discussions and in the decisions that will be made going forward.
February 

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