One of Canada’s Health Minister’s last acts before leaving office was the preparation legislation which would restrict the buying and selling of human eggs.
The announcement comes in the wake of an ad which appeared in a University of Toronto newspaper seeking a white female willing to donate eggs for $2,000.
In explaining the reasons for the pending legislation, Health Minister Dianne Marleau said that the government was “very concerned with the commercialization of reproduction and the commodification of women and the children that come to these processes.”
In proposing the legislation, Marleau has admitted that the voluntary ban which she had called for last July was completely ineffective, as most observers, expected it to be. This voluntary moratorium was Marleau’s tepid response to the $28 million Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, a response which drew great criticism from the pro-life movement.