Assisted Reproductive Technology, Surrogacy

What should be done about Canada’s assisted reproduction laws?

Source The Globe And Mail

Alison Motluk is a Toronto freelance journalistwith a special interest in assisted reproduction.

Recently, the Prime Minister suggested it might be time to revisit our law on assisted reproduction. He was responding to the news that Liberal MP Anthony Housefather planned to introduce a private member’s bill amending parts of the law that made it a criminal offence to pay people to act as surrogates, egg donors or sperm donors.

They are right that the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which received royal assent in 2004, is a bit outdated. Much of it comes from a time before it was common for gay couples to have children, for lesbians to use anonymous sperm donors or for single women or men to create families on their own. The idea that paying for someone’s willing help in this could send a parent to prison doesn’t feel right.

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Assisted Reproductive Technology, Commercial Surrogacy, India, Surrogacy, Surrogacy Law, Surrogate Mother

India – Cabinet Approves Amendments to Surrogacy Bill

Source: India West

Twenty-eight-year-old Indian surrogate mother, Manu Kani poses at the Surrogacy Center India clinic in New Delhi, Nov. 3, 2015. The Union Cabinet March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, March 21 approved amending the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 to provide for rights of a child born through surrogacy equal to those of a natural or biological child, and mandate the registration of surrogacy clinics with the appropriate state authorities.

The amendments also seek 16 months of extended insurance coverage for surrogate mothers to cover all complications, as well as a strict clause to safeguard the surrogate mother from exploitation, the Union Health Ministry said.

Also, Assisted Reproductive Technology has been kept out of the Bill’s purview, it added.

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