A woman who wants Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to fund a surrogate mother after she was left a quadriplegic can take her fight beyond the public insurer, the province said.

Dawn Moffatt has been in a wheelchair since 2010 when she was seriously injured in a car crash involving a drunk driver.

Moffatt’s injuries and medication won't allow her a safe pregnancy, so her and her husband want MPI to pay $100,000 for a surrogate in the U.S.

The province told CBC Moffatt is free to appeal to the Automobile Injury Compensation Appeal Commission, an independent committee, but would not commit to looking at her request.

The story has received a lot of response on the CBC Facebook page and website:

  • More than 1,700 people voted in the CBC web poll as of Tuesday evening. 
  • More than 72 per cent of voters said MPI should not pay for the Moffat’s surrogate.
  • Thirteen per cent said the province should foot the pill.
  • Fifteen per cent were undecided.