Canadian Third Party Reproduction in the Media

Various surrogacy news articles.

November 15th, 2012
London Free Press - Granny, 58, to give birth to her own grandchild
Cathy Donnelly didn’t hesitate when daughter Shannon needed her. 

September 19th, 2012
Hamilton Spectator - Baby Brynne makes sisters’ dream come true
Kim Impagliatelli just gave birth to her sister Christy Magyar's baby.

June 8th, 2012
Richmond Review - Richmond woman serves as surrogate mom to co-worker
Barb Nimchuk served as the surrogate mom for Katie Welsh and her husband Mathew Welsh, who are now the proud parents of Charlie Ethan, born May 29 at Richmond Hospital.

June 3rd, 2012
AUSTRALIA/The Age - Betting the house on two little bundles of joy
ALY O'Brien and her husband, Damien, yesterday watched as their Richmond home sold at auction. Selling a house is usually the furthest thing from the mind of new parents, but for this couple - and hundreds more like them - this was literally the price of having a family.

June 1st, 2012
Hamilton Spectator - Her sister's bearing her baby
A mother of two, Kim Impagliatelli didn’t need a test to know she was pregnant again. But when the two lines confirmed what her body had already told her, she instantly texted a picture of the results to her older sister Christy Magyar.

April 22nd, 2012
CBC News - Assisted human reproduction and the law
An air of confusion surrounds Canada’s rules governing fertility issues, such as assisted human reproduction.

April 7th, 2012
The Toronto Star - High school friend is surrogate for former Toronto classmate’s baby

April 2nd, 2012
MACLEANS - Assisted Human Reproduction Canada: the budget cut everyone missed
The agency was largely useless but its shuttering curtails federal oversight of fertility treatments.
The Globe & Mail - Canada's fertility law needs a reset
In last week’s federal budget the Conservative government scrapped Assisted Human Reproduction Canada.

January 2nd, 2012
The Toronto Star - Surrogacy runs in the family
For nine months Heather Jopling carried Milena in her womb, but she always knew the baby wasn’t “hers.”
Law Times - Loopholes in law spark rise in illegal surrogacy deals
Loopholes in a decision by Canada’s top court to ban potential parents from paying surrogates and donors for their eggs, sperm, and embryos have sparked a rise in the number of illegal private agreements and international deals across the country, a University of Manitoba law professor said last week.

November 10th, 2011
The Uniter - Canada’s federal assisted reproduction law confuses
Canada’s laws on surrogate motherhood are facing criticism after a Canadian surrogate mother was left holding a pair of twins when the would-be parents changed their minds.

September 23rd, 2011
National Post - Surrogates often deeply upset by the process - study...
"In spite of pre-treatment counselling, we have noted significant emotional issues occurring among some of the [surrogates],” their report to this week’s Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society conference notes.

September 16th, 2011
National Post - Secret truth behind Canada's baby market
Cathleen Hachey, 20, agreed to have a child for a British couple whom she had met online. She became pregnant with twins, but the couple split up and told her 27 weeks into her pregnancy that they no longer wanted the babies.

September 14th, 2011
CBC News Surrogate mother's troubles concern lawyer
A Bathurst mother’s experience with an informal surrogacy arrangement is troubling, according to a lawyer who specializes in reproductive law.

August 17th, 2011
The Huron Expositor - Kinburn area woman runs website promoting surrogacy

Sally Rhoads-Heinrich receives two or three calls every day from infertile couples both in Canada and around the globe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and China. 

August 20th, 2011
The Toronto Star -
Couple fights federal surrogacy policy to bring their boy back to Canada
A single piece of paper held the key to their lives, their future, and now it was being questioned.

August 15th, 2011
The Toronto Star -
Surrogacy rules murky for hopeful parents
Surrogacy is legal in Canada providing no money is exchanged for eggs, sperm or surrogacy services and the surrogate is 21 or older. Paying for any type of “reproductive material” can carry a fine of $500,000 and up to 10 years in prison. But it is common for intended parents to pay a surrogate $2,000 per month for expenses such as vitamins, special food, maternity clothing, child care or travel to and from medical appointments, says fertility lawyer Nancy Lam of Toronto. There is no limit to how much a surrogate can be reimbursed, Lam says, and no definition of what expenses are allowed.

August 12th, 2011
The Toronto Star -
Single man wanted a child, hired a surrogate, had a baby
Morrison is now 31 and the biological father of a little boy born in India on July 26. He went to Mumbai, donated his sperm and paid an egg donor and a surrogate to carry his child. This makes him one of the few single men who have taken this unconventional route to parenthood.

July 11th, 2011
BioNews -
A Call for Ontario to regulate assisted human reproduction
In December, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) struck down most of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) of 2004. This ruling invalidated almost all Canadian federal regulations covering the many sticky areas of emerging assisted human reproduction (AHR) practice.

May 5th, 2011
The Toronto Star -
After 6 years and fertility mixup, surrogate twin can come home
Six years after a Toronto couple landed in India, had twins through a surrogate and then ran headlong into Canadian bureaucratic red tape after discovering one was not biologically related to them, they can return home with both children.

February 18th, 2011
National Post - 
Surrogate motherhood, the case for commodification
In Canada, as in the UK, Australia, France and several other countries, it is illegal to pay surrogate mothers for anything more than their expenses — food, living costs, forgone wages, and so on.

February 14th, 2011
National Post - 
Keeping surrogate motherhood in the family
She had supported her daughter through years of trying, helping her through the anguish of failed pregnancies and rounds and rounds of in vitro fertilization.When nothing worked, 61-year-old Kristine Casey offered the very last thing she could: her healthy, post-menopausal uterus.

January 29th, 2011
CTV/W5 - The murky world of reproductive medicine

The birth of a new baby signifies hope, promise and family. But for an estimated one in 10 Canadians it's a dream that is out of reach without the help of modern science and technology.

December 22nd, 2010
The Toronto Star - Fertility clinics up to provinces to regulate, top court rules
It will now be up to Ontario to draw up a whole new legislative scheme to regulate fertility treatments and embryonic research after the country’s top court declared it a provincial, not a federal, responsibility. 

December 21st, 2010
The Toronto Star -
Baby quest traps couple in India
They tried unsuccessfully for years, finally, the Toronto couple — both Canadian citizens — travelled to India where they could hire a surrogate. There was joy and celebration, which continued until the babies, a boy and a girl, were born in March 2006.  But the couple’s joie de vivre was soon shattered when they went to the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi to apply for proof of Canadian citizenship for the twins to bring them home. DNA tests were requested which, to the couple’s horror, showed the boy was not genetically related, suggesting an error or mix-up in the Indian fertility lab.

December 13th, 2010
Ottawa Citizen - Laws drive couples to black market: critics

Canada's fertility laws are driving infertile couples who are desperate for babies into the black market or abroad and need to be reformed, critics say.

December 12th, 2010
The Province -
Cross-border baby business booms
Inside two special houses in the Indian state of Gujarat, the women spend their time waiting. They live together, eat meals together and take sewing, cooking and English classes together: 67 surrogates whose bellies bulge with the babies of foreign couples, including Canadians.

December 11th, 2010
TopNews -
Desperate For A Baby Canadians Resort To World’s Baby Farms
The Indian state of Gujarat has two special homes housing 67 women, surrogate mothers for foreign couples, including Canadians, who live together, eat together, taking sewing, cooking and English classes, as they wait to give birth to someone else's baby.

December 8th, 2010
Daily Mirror -
My mother-in-law had my baby
In an extraordinary act of selflessness, 48-year-old, Susan Lucas agreed to be a surrogate for Gena and her husband Derek, who’s her step-son. And now she’s given birth to the couple’s baby daughter, Ava, they are closer than ever.

November 10th, 2010 -
Friend plays surrogate for woman longing for baby
A B.C. woman is almost six months pregnant, but the baby isn't hers -- it's her close friend's. The pair is part of a growing trend of women needing help from medicine to have a baby.

October 6th, 2010
National Post - Couple urged surrogate to abort fetus due to defect
When a B.C. couple discovered that the fetus their surrogate mother was carrying was likely to be born with Down syndrome, they wanted an abortion. The surrogate, however, was determined to take the pregnancy to term, sparking a disagreement that has raised thorny questions about the increasingly common arrangements.

July 26th, 2010
BioNews - Rush of applicants, as Quebec begins funded IVF treatment
The provincial government of Quebec is fulfilling its promise to provide IVF treatment, with the service becoming available on 5 August 2010.

July 1st, 2010
MACLEANS - Daddy Knows Best

More and more gay men are having children, and a new study shows they are very good at ‘mothering’.

June 21st, 2010
BioNews - Canada's fertility-industry watchdog under scutiny again

A Canadian MP has suggested that Canada's fertility-industry watchdog, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC), should be shut down because it is doing so little with its annual $10 million budget.

June 3rd, 2010
Toronto Sun - Reproductive agency losses alarming: expert
An internationally renowned geneticist who headed the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies in the early 1990s says it’s of “great concern” that three board members have quit the federal agency responsible for policing the fertility industry in Canada.

May 30th, 2010
National Post -
Third board member quits fertility industry watchdog...
Another board member has suddenly quit the troubled federal agency meant to police Canada’s thriving fertility industry, prompting calls for a public investigation of the organization and its controversial record.

May 24th, 2010
American Chronicle - Fatherhood Dreams

By the merest happenstance, pure coincidence, being in the right place at the right time, I've run across a very good and straight-forward DVD from Canada, "Fatherhood Dreams", that follows three gay families who have chosen to raise children.

May 15th, 2010
The Times of India - Anand:  A womb to let...

Welcome to Anand, the milk capital of India and the surrogacy capital of the world, where women rent out their wombs to childless couples from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Israel, Philippines, Turkey and even Iceland.

May 15th, 2010
The Times of India - Surrogacy goes into labour...

Last week Dan Goldberg, a gay Israeli restaurateur, was prevented by a Jerusalem judge from taking his twins, born with the help of a surrogate mother in Mumbai, back to his home town.

April 26th, 2010
BioNews - Two quit board of Canadian fertility watchdog

Two board members of the Canadian federal agency 'Assisted Human Reproduction Canada' have unexpectedly quit.

April 26th, 2010
The Toronto Star - Troubling questions surround surrogate-born children in India

Surrogates are paid $6,750 for carrying babies, more than many labourers in India make in 20 years.

April 20th, 2010
National Post - "Red Flag" raised at fertility agency

Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, an agency established three years ago, has been criticized for its lack of action on regulating the fertility industry.

April 2010
The Walrus - The Human Egg Trade
How Canada’s fertility laws are failing donors, doctors, and parents...

April 3rd, 2010
The Globe & Mail - Canada's First Open Embryo Adoption Program
Canada’s first embryo donation service will offer next week to match tens of thousands of fertilized eggs, abandoned in medical clinics across the country, with would-be parents desperate to start a family. 

March 30th, 2010
Sofia News Agency -
Bulgaria Set to Make Surrogacy Legal
Surrogacy in Bulgaria will be legalized as Bulgaria will amend its present Health Act to allow surrogacy, which is illegal at present.

March 12th, 2010
National Post -
Baby by stealth: Reproduction law forcing "dangerous alternatives"
At the same time as reproductive technologies stretch the notion of the family beyond the nuclear, and just as Canada bends to accommodate that evolution, a prevailing piece of federal legislation is being accused of inadvertently forcing a slew of prospective parents underground.

February 22nd, 2010
National Post - First Person: Tom Douangmixay on being forthright for the kid
Tom Douangmixay is one of the married men featured in Vision TV's Crazy for Love, a series of documentaries about Canadian couples in mixed marriages. Here, Douangmixay tells Ben Kaplan how he explained to his parents that he planned to raise a daughter with his husband, Kevin Durkee.

February 2nd, 2010
The Times of India - Surrogate Baby Tours World Before Birth!

US couple ship frozen embryo all the way to India and receive bundle of joy through surrogate mother...

January 11th, 2010
Edge - Sperm Donor Makes Claim to Lesbian Couple's Child

A Canadian lesbian couple and the sperm donor who helped them conceive are in a feud over parental rights--and at the forefront of family law.


October 27th, 2009
The Toronto Star -
Dying mom keeps online diary
Natalia Ritchie is unlike most new mothers. Yes, she has dreams and goals for her 3-month-old daughter, Scarlett, but Ritchie, 30, has cystic fibrosis. She has always known she won't live to see most of those dreams for her child fulfilled.

October 27th, 2009 -
Gay Canadians look south for surrogacy options
In the face of Canada's prohibitive stance on the commercialization of human reproduction, gay and straight Canadian couples alike are going where Canadians often go when they can't get what they want at home — the United States.

October 20th, 2009
France 24 -
Global recession hits India's 'baby business'
The global economic downturn has hit businesses around the world, but among the recession's more unlikely victims have been infertile Western couples wanting children.

October 9th, 2009
The Wall Street Journal -
A Search for a Surrogate Leads to India
On their third trip to India, Rhonda and Gerry Wile finally heard a sound they thought they might never hear: the heartbeat of their unborn child.

August 28th, 2009
Toronto Sun - Seed money for babies
Report urges province to pay for in vitro fertilization.

August 10th, 2009 - Couples face shortage of Canadian sperm
Why is it that Canada, a country of 12 million adult men, has only 33 sperm donors to supply its thousands of infertile couples?

July 26th, 2009
Truthdig - Million Dollar Baby - How Much Would You Pay for a Baby If You Couldn't Have One?

Given that 1 in 12 U.S. women of childbearing age are infertile and it’s a practice that’s growing in acceptance, legality and practice, surrogacy’s price tag is clearly pregnant with possibilities.

March 23rd, 2009
Western Catholic Reporter - Reproduction act should be upheld - bishops
Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act faces an important test before the Supreme Court - and Canada's Catholic bishops want to make sure it passes.

March 12th, 2009
The National Post - Quebec Judge Denies Adoption in Surrogacy Case
Attempt to skirt federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which prohibits offering payments to a surrogate mother.

March 11th, 2009
CBC News - Born to surrogate, child has no legal mother Quebec judge rules
Couple broke provincial law banning the practice.

March 09th, 2009
The National Post - Squalling life after death
Law now requires consent before sperm harvested.

February 17th, 2009
The National Post - The impotency of Canada's fertility laws
Despite rapid advances in technology and headline-worthy cases, Canada's watchdog for reproductive technologies has been sitting on the sidelines.

October 12th, 2008 - Surrogate mother gives her friend priceless gift
Miracles come in small packages, but Charlie O'Brien was a little bigger than expected.

May 11th, 2008
Burlington Post - Canadian law forbids payment of surrogate mothers
It is illegal in Canada to be paid to act as a surrogate mother. It is legal, though, to do as Dr. Jenna Davis of Burlington is doing for her sister, Karma Brown, that is carrying a child for another woman for altruistic reasons.

January 3rd 2008
The Star - Indian city a centre of surrogacy
Women flock to sign up to bear babies for wealthier couples and earn small fortunes for their labour.

September 19th, 2007 - Couple's family dreams fulfilled by surrogacy
A couple's decision to turn to surrogacy to fulfill their dreams of having a large family proved successful after enduring many disappointments.

August 6th, 2007
Ottawa Citizen - Our bodies are not property
The case against commercializing the fertility industry.

July 18th, 2007 - Rent a Mum (Click here to see translated article.)
Many infertile couples look for surrogate mothers - and find them in Canada.

July 2nd, 2007
MACLEANS - Wombs for Rent
Is paying the poor to have children wrong when both sides reap such benefits?

June 26th, 2007
The Globe & Mail - Canada: destination for infertile couples
An increasing number of foreigners are choosing Canadian surrogates because the practice is illegal in their home countries.

May 21st, 2007
MACLEANS - Gay man seeks perfect woman
Surrogate mothers find a new market niche: single gay men.

May 2nd, 2007
CBC News - Paid surrogacy driven underground in Canada
CBC News -
Human reproduction board lacks expertise, critics say

April 30th, 2007
CBC News - Canadians breaking law in quest to conceive
CBC News -
Law against paying egg donors drives couples to U.S.

April 17th, 2007
Montreal Gazette - Mother donates eggs to infertile daughter

April 11th, 2007
Chatelaine - In Vitro We Trust
The heartbreak of infertility is driving thousands of Canadian women to the costly science of assisted reproduction. This is the story of the boom in a rapidly advancing medical field, the agony of hope it offers, and the strangers willing to give the ultimate gift: a baby.

April 9th, 2007
CanWest News - Quebec baby first born using new fertility process

April 5th, 2007
The Gill Deacon Show - Surrogate Motherhood

March 31st, 2007
Today's Parent - And Then There Were Three
The Goldsteins teamed up with a surrogate to carry their twins. Then they got pregnant.

March 18th, 2007
CNews - Canada's first test-tube babies turning 25

March 14th, 2007
LifesiteNews - Canadian National Paper Editorial Warns of "Full-Blown Fertility Crisis"
Toronto Star - Baby boom needed now

January 24th, 2007
Windy City Times - Family Ties

January 11th, 2007
Edmonton Sun - Miracle babies expensive

January 4th, 2007
The University of British Columbia - Grappling with the Moral Dimensions of Advances in Assisted Reproduction

October 5th, 2006
Edmonton Sun - Crippling Canadian Couples

August 12th, 2006
The National Post -
A double-take over surrogate "triplets"

August 1st, 2006
Lifesite -
Surrogate Madness: Five Would-Be-Parents Vying for Custody of Child

June 28th, 2002
Lifesite - Couple Refuses to Recognize Surrogate as Mother
Says law that defines birth woman as child's mother is "antiquated".

March 23rd, 2001
Capital News Online -
The Morality of Renting Wombs