Genetic non-discrimination law is constitutional-Supreme Cou

Genetic non-discrimination law is constitutional-Supreme Cou

Postby Oscar » Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:41 pm

Genetic non-discrimination law is constitutional, Supreme Court says

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By Jim Bronskill — Jul 10 2020

OTTAWA — In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a federal law that forbids companies to make people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or other services.

The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act also outlaws the practice of requiring the disclosure of existing genetic test results as a condition for obtaining such services or entering into a contract.

The act is intended to ensure Canadians can take genetic tests to help identify health risks without fear the results will pose a disadvantage when seeking life or health insurance.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said Friday the measures are a valid exercise of Parliament's power over criminal law set out in the Constitution.

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