British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada that is home to over 4 million people, has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics.
Former President of the Cryonics Society of Canada, once made dozens of phone calls in the 1990s and publicized his conversations in a document that suggests another important theme was religious opposition to cryonics.
Because science advances each year, and the chances for reanimation of cryonic patients is always improving, it seems odd that British Columbia would uphold an obvious anti-science law.
Members of the Cryonics Society of Canada and other supporters, in collaboration with a civil rights attorney, are preparing to challenge the law.
It’s the lawyer’s opinion that the best way to challenge it is to start a cryonics company that markets its services in direct violation of the law, forcing the issue into court.
Already, the province of Alberta has considered a similar law, and, as of 2002, France has prohibited cryonics nationwide.
In a world where over 90 percent of the people hold religious views of the afterlife, cryonics could become a noteworthy global civil rights issue.