Human rights law and discourse help to ensure respect for individual worth and the common good in the face of powerful biotechnologies. Claims to universal human rights depend, in part, on formal recognition of our common humanity. Many countries and international declarations use human rights as a broad framework for establishing policies regarding human biotechnologies. Examples include the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine and UNESCO's Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, both of which reject biotechnology applications that would alter the genomes of future generations.
By Alana Cattapan and Françoise Baylis, The Conversation | 09.27.2017
Health Canada recently sought public input into new regulations for the use of assisted human reproduction. The consultation process covered everything from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) to egg and sperm donation and surrogacy.