Fertility Consultant Thumbs Nose at Law

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on July 15, 2013

Post image for Fertility Consultant Thumbs Nose at Law

It seems that fertility brokers — and clinics and the reproductive lawyers — are getting more aggressive these days. My hunch is that marriage debates are emboldening them to seek more liberal IVF laws in order to assist singles and same-sex couples in family building.

Canada, which has laws I quite like (Canada prohibits the buying and selling of eggs and sperm, and prohibits paid surrogacy arrangements), has a rather gutsy ‘fertility consultant,’ Leia Picard, planning a road trip this summer to meet would be intended parents, as well as potential surrogates and egg donors.

Picard is already under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 27 violations, including buying egg and sperm, paying surrogates, and accepting monies for arranging contract pregnancies. She thinks it is unfair that sellers aren’t compensated above what the “reasonable expenses” that Canadian law currently allows.

Picard is quoted as saying, “This is not about me, it’s about laws that are abusive to those trying desperately to become parents.” She apparently believes in her cause so much so that she’s willing to take on the whole of Canada.

Of course, we at CBC take issue with her complaint that the Canadian law is abusive to would-be parents. The very basis of the Canadian law rightly focuses on the harm to women and children once conception becomes a market and profit driven industry.

Previous post:

Next post: