Bill C-404 An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act

June 04, 2018

National Chairperson of Legislation Nancy Simms

Liberal Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather introduced Bill C-404 An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act on May 29, 2018 The intention of Bill C-404 is “to decriminalize payment for sperm or ovum donation and for surrogacy.”

The summary of the Bill states:

“This enactment amends the Assisted Human Reproduction Act to decriminalize payment for sperm or ovum donation and for surrogacy. It specifies that, subject to section 9, a sperm or ovum donor must be at least 18 years of age, must have the capacity to consent to the donation and must not be coerced into donating. It also specifies that a surrogate mother must be at least 21 years of age, must have the capacity to consent to becoming a surrogate mother and must not be coerced into becoming a surrogate mother. The enactment also amends the Act to allow for the purchase of other human reproductive material.”

If this Bill passed into law it would mean that sperm, ova, and human genes as well as a women’s womb will be able to be bought and sold. Everything involved in the creation of a new human life will be “on sale”.

Bill C-404 is in direct contradiction to many pro-life resolutions as well as resolution 2011.01 Prohibition of Practices re Human Reproductive Material.

For more information visit: www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-404/first-reading

Please share this information  and encourage members to contact their members of parliament and the prime minister to express concern of this Bill, urging them to vote against it. Also, contact Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather and request him to withdraw Bill C-404.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to guide us in our work “For God and Canada”.

Nancy Simms
National Chairperson of Legislation