The Law in Limbo

AuthorMaureen McTeer
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– chapter seven –
The Law in Limbo
With key sections of the  Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHR
Act) declared unconstitutional, and no regulations coming from Health
Canada, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) oated along
for a few more months, spending more than  million a year on its
operations in Vancouver. It was not long, however, before AHRC joined
other programs and agencies in a massive governmental eort to balance
the federal budget. As one author wrote at the time:
Now there are ways in which AHRC can legitimately deect blame for
each of these dramatic failings. Action in retaliation to the prohibitions
is ultimately the responsibility of the RCMP, not the AHRC. Secondly,
AHRC could not implement and administer a licensing and inspection
program for controlled activities, because Health Canada never pro-
duced the relevant regulations. . . . From this perspective, other bad
omens come into sharp focus the delays in setting up AHRC and its
board of directors, the problems with the selection of board members,
the failure to introduce required regulations, and the failure to under-
take the mandated parliamentary review.

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