Law Against Paying Egg Donors Drives Canadian Couples To U.S.

Law Against Paying Egg Donors Drives Canadian Couples To U.S.


From CBC News

Some Canadian couples trying to conceive say the country's laws prohibiting compensation for egg donors is driving them underground or across the border.

Although it is illegal to compensate egg donors in Canada, women told CBC News they would undergo a fertility drug cycle that usually results in about 20 human eggs for $5,000 and $7,000.

'You do feel a little bit like a criminal.' — Anne, who paid for eggs in the U.S.

Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Technology Act passed in 2004 to prevent cloning, it's not illegal for women to sell eggs, but it is illegal to buy them. Seeking donor eggs or sperm is legal.

Anyone convicted of buying eggs can face a fine of up to $500,000 or 10 years in jail.

Tango’s Take This has to be one of the few issues, from marijuana to abortion, that the Canadians are less liberal than Americans. Oddly enough, IVF is something that Americans have come to terms with. Maybe we have enough reproduction issues to be concerned with. After getting through cloning, abortion, partial birth abortion, Plan B (morning after) Pill, and the identity of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby’s father, we really don’t have time to worry about test tube babies. Plus, we had were warmed up to this issue by having an entire story arc on Friends about it(recap Phoebe has her brother and sister in-law's baby by having the sister in-law's fertilized eggs implanted in her womb). Maybe Canada needs a landmark case ala Roe vs. Wade. It could be Mullets Vs. Zambonis (we have no idea which side is which).

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