Fertility Law In Canada Might Be In for Some Big Changes Very Soon

Yesterday, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather held a press conference in Ottawa, announcing his intention to introduce a private member bill to amend laws around surrogacy and sperm and egg donations in this country.

As of right now, it is illegal to pay for the services of a surrogate or receive money for a sperm or egg donation.  These offences are punishable with fines up to $500,000 or ten years in prison..and while these are severe penalties, many lawyers and fertility consultants remain unclear about what exactly the laws even mean. 

In order to avoid this mess, many Canadian couples and hopeful parents are seeking reproductive services abroad.

But should our laws be updated?  

I sat down with Roundhouse Radio's Gene Valaitis this morning to discuss this topic, and the future of fertility law in Canada.  You can listen to the full interview here.

Sarah Leamon