The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada

November 19, 2012 12:23 ET

Geographic Boundaries Should Not Be a Barrier to Saving Lives

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2012) - "Everyone deserves access to life-saving medicines, no matter where they live," says The United Church of Canada's Moderator, the Right Rev. Gary Paterson.

Paterson made his comments in support of a campaign to urge members of the House of Commons to approve second reading of Bill C-398.

He says the bill is an important piece of humanitarian legislation to reform Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). If passed through the House of Commons and the Senate, it has the potential to save millions of lives by helping to get medicines to patients in developing countries for public health needs, including HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other epidemic diseases.

"This bill will enable lower-cost, generic medicines to reach people in developing countries more efficiently and effectively," says Paterson. "Geographic boundaries should not be a barrier to saving lives."

The vote on Bill C-398 is scheduled for November 28. If there are not enough votes to carry this bill forward, the bill will die that day.

Paterson is asking United Church members and adherents to take action in advance of World AIDS Day (December 1) to ensure the bill is approved.

"I am urging United Church people to act now so that God's desire that 'all might have fullness of life' will become a reality for the many people living with HIV and AIDS who cannot afford patented drugs," says Paterson.

For information on what you can do, visit the United Church's website:

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