Assisted Reproduction

The story of a Toronto couple who went to India for fertility treatment and are still stuck there with their two children, nearly five years after they left.


Assisted Reproduction - Kelly Jordan

Four-and-a-half years ago, a couple from Toronto went to India for fertility treatments. They ended up hiring a surrogate mother ... something they couldn't have done in Canada because our Assisted Human Reproduction Act makes it illegal to pay for sperm donors, egg donors or surrogates.

When the law was passed in 2004, some people worried it would result in Canadians traveling outside the country to pay for those services. And according to people who work in the field, that's precisely what has happened.

In the meantime, some people who traveled outside Canada for fertility treatments have been left in some very awkward situations ... including that couple from Toronto. Today, four-and-a-half years and two children after they first went to India, they are still stranded there ... unable to bring their children back to Canada.

Kelly Jordan is a family lawyer with the firm Jordan Battista who represents the couple. She handles a lot of cases involving assisted reproduction. She was in Toronto.

Assisted Reproduction - Carl Laskin

Kelly Jordan's clients aren't the only ones going to great lengths to have a child. And a lot of those would-be parents turn to Doctor Carl Laskin for help. He's a founding partner of LifeQuest Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Toronto. He's also the President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

Assisted Reproduction - Francoise Baylis

Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act makes it illegal to pay for egg donors, sperm donors or surrogates in Canada. In many cases, that's why Canadians go abroad to pay for those services.

But Francoise Baylis says there are good reasons for keeping the law the way it is. She is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bio-ethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University. She's also a former board member with Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, the body responsible for administering and enforcing the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Francoise Baylis was in Halifax.

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Artist: Caribou
Cd: Milk of Human Kindness
Cut: # 10, Pelican Narrows
Label: Domino
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