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Surrogate & Gamete Donation in Canada

Advocating for the decriminalization of payment for surrogacy and gamete donation in Canada.

In 2017, Fertility Advisors began lobbying the Canadian government to decriminalize the payment of surrogacy and gamete donation with Liberal MP Anthony Housefather. We were also joined by numerous fertility lawyers, physicians, agencies, surrogates, egg donors, and parents through surrogacy, as well as other members of parliament in support of amending the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA).

Surrogacy and gamete donation in Canada is legal, but providing compensation beyond expenses is prohibited. Intended parents can face up to 10 years in prison and $500, 000 in fines. The regulations under the AHRA are often confusing and contradictory, which has caused many hopeful Canadian parents to seek surrogacy and gamete donation services in other jurisdictions such as the United States.

Our hope is to see that any Canadian who needs a surrogate, egg donor or sperm donor to create or expand their family can do so without fear of prosecution.

It's Time to Act!

2500 signatures Needed

We need 2500 emails within the next two weeks, so please urge your friends and family to help. This is so important, for the amazing parents we help and the beautiful families we create.

Please email marketing@fertilityadvisors.ca to find out how you can help pass the amendment to decriminalize surrogacy and gamete donation in Canada.

Featured in: Global News

June 3, 2018

Canadian parents want to do more for the surrogates carrying their babies

A private member's bill has been tabled, with the goal of decriminalizing the act of paying surrogates in Canada. The legal patchwork surrounding the issue is grey. Abigail Bimman explains how the system works now, and why there's opposition to the change.

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Featured in: Global News

June 1, 2018

Why I’m a surrogate

Canadian surrogates Stephanie Aubry and Sharon Hunter explain why they’ve chosen to bear children for other families.

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Featured in: CBC

May 31, 2018

Moncton mom fights to decriminalize paying surrogates, egg and sperm donors

Carolynn Dubé knows how it feels to desperately want to start a family but not be able to.

The Moncton woman's struggle with infertility led her to Ottawa this week, where she joined Quebec Liberal MP Anthony Housefather on Parliament Hill to call for changes to the laws around surrogacy and egg and sperm donation in Canada.

"The biggest thing is to remove the criminalization of paying a surrogate and-or a donor of egg or sperm for their services," Dubé told Information Morning Moncton.

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Featured in: BBC News

May 30, 2018

Canada politician seeks to decriminalise payment for surrogacy

A Canadian MP is proposing that the country decriminalise payment for women who choose to become surrogates. As global demand for Canadian surrogates grows, is commercialising the practice the answer?

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Featured in: The Globe and Mail

May 29, 2018

Liberal MP’s private-member’s bill would lift restrictions on third-party reproduction

A new bill that would decriminalize payments for sperm, eggs and surrogacy is exposing tensions between those who say change is needed to ease the path to parenthood and others who warn the new law would commercialize the creation of human life.

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday that would lift the federal restriction that makes it illegal for Canadian sperm and egg donors or surrogates to be paid. The Assisted Human Reproduction Act, the federal law governing third-party reproduction, is plagued with problems, so it’s time to let the provinces make their own modernized rules, Mr. Housefather said in an interview.

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Featured in: Mississauga.com

May 29, 2018

Liberal MP tables bill to help surrogate moms

OTTAWA — A Liberal backbencher has tabled a private member's bill in the Commons aimed at easing some of the concerns of surrogate mothers or people who help them.

The proposed legislation amends the current Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which Montreal-area MP Anthony Housefather said is not working.

"It does not work for donors, surrogates, intended parents, children born of donation, or those who seek to assist them such as doctors, attorneys and agencies," he told a news conference Tuesday.

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Featured in: The Star

May 29, 2018

Liberal MP tables bill aimed at easing concerns of surrogate mothers

OTTAWA—A Liberal backbencher has tabled a private member’s bill in the Commons aimed at easing some of the concerns of surrogate mothers or people who help them.

The proposed legislation amends the current Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which Montreal-area MP Anthony Housefather said is not working.

Liberal MP Anthony Housefather says women have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies and criminal law should not prevent them from seeking a child.

“It does not work for donors, surrogates, intended parents, children born of donation, or those who seek to assist them such as doctors, attorneys and agencies,” he told a news conference Tuesday.

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Featured in: Huffington Post

April 4, 2018

It's Time to Discuss Potentially Paying Sperm and Egg Donors: Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians need to have a conversation about whether to allow women and men to be paid to donate eggs or sperm for fertility treatments.

While many strong opinions are expected on this proposed change, Trudeau says he believes it is an important issue that needs to be studied.

“This is not an easy situation, this is a very complex,” he said Wednesday during a news conference with the head of the NATO military alliance.

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Featured in: CBC

March 30, 2018

Should surrogate mothers be paid for their labour?

Is it time that we recognize labour as… labour? Or is paying women to act as surrogates a slippery slope to exploitation?

Under Canadian Law, being a surrogate is not illegal, but payment for the service of surrogacy is.

Stephanie Plante, who was a surrogate for a same-sex couple in Spain, thinks women should be trusted to make decisions about their bodies, and be compensated accordingly.

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Featured in: Global News

March 27, 2018

Paying a surrogate in Canada is illegal but one Liberal MP wants to change that

When most Canadians picture criminals, a couple trying to have a baby probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But under Canadian law, that’s exactly what couples who pay a surrogate to carry their child to term are deemed to be, and one Liberal MP wants to change that.

In a press conference on Parliament Hill on Tuesday, Montreal-area Liberal MP Anthony Housefather announced he will table a private member’s bill this spring that will try to decriminalize both the paying of surrogates in Canada as well as the ban on paying for sperm and egg donations by individuals trying to conceive.

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Featured in: CBC

March 27, 2018

Liberal MPs, advocates want to legalize fees for surrogate moms and sperm donors

A Liberal MP, backed by his party's women's caucus, is pushing for a legal change to allow surrogate mothers and sperm donors to be paid for their services.

Anthony Housefather, chair of the House of Commons justice committee, said Canada's current law is out of step with modern families — with same-sex couples, single mothers and women choosing to have children later in life.

He said the ban on fees creates a grey zone which leaves potential surrogates anxious about breaking the law.

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Featured in: CTV News

March 27, 2018

Liberal MP wants payments to surrogates, sperm and egg donors decriminalized

OTTAWA – Liberal MPs and fertility advocates were on Parliament Hill Tuesday calling for the decriminalization of Canadian parents who pay for surrogates, sperm or egg donations.

"People who want to just love a child shouldn’t be told you may have to go to prison for up to 10 years if you offer to pay someone to help you do that," said Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, who is planning on bringing forward a private member’s bill by May to address this.

The federal reproduction act states that no person can pay or offer to compensate a surrogate or sperm or egg donor.

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