It is really necessary to have a contract with a egg, sperm or embryo donor?
Once in a while a client who is donating eggs to a friend or relative has asked us, do I have to accept the reimbursements? They aren't sure if refusing to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses could somehow affect the legality of the agreement.
Deciding to donate eggs is a big decision. The second biggest decision? Whether to do so on a known or anonymous basis.
3 reasons why having a surrogacy agreement is SO IMPORTANT!
Can someone retrieve your sperm or egg from your body after you die - and use it to have a child? The answer is complicated.
Do surrogates get paid? What can be reimbursed? How do reimbursements work? This video has the answers!
In this vlog, the surrogacy process is demystified.
In this video I provide an overview of the embryo donation process.
Information for egg donors to consider before they meet with a lawyer for independent legal advice.
Intended Parents often call us at the very beginning of their surrogacy journey. While we're happy to chat, the actual legal work does not begin until later in the process.
Three ways Covid-19 has impacted surrogacy.
Some non-legal advice for intended parents about surrogacy.
Find out our #1 tip for intended parents considering surrogacy.
At the highest level, surrogacy lawyers do 2 main things: (1) help with the surrogacy agreement (drafting it and/or providing legal advice) and (2) ensuring the intended parents' names are shown on the birth certificate.
Why is it so important that intended parents and surrogates have their own lawyers? Find out here!
Since 2004 we've been waiting for the Assisted Human Reproduction Act to tell us what expenses can lawfully be reimbursed to donors and surrogates. Finally, the time has come. Mostly.
Embryo donation agreements all have one thing in common. Can you guess what?
We've been getting lots of questions about Health Canada's new regulations relating to donating genetic material...
Is it legal to retrieve sperm from a dead man – and use it to have a baby? The short answer is exactly what you’d expect from a lawyer: it depends. The long answer, for Canada at least, is that it depends on whether the deceased man put his wishes in writing and who would be using the sperm.
Health Canada expresses plans to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act
Health Canada released regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which now specifies what can be reimbursed to egg/sperm donors and surrogates.
Lisa had the pleasure of writing the Reproductive Health Law chapter in the 2019 book entitled "Introduction to Health Law in Canada".
Here are the submissions made by Lisa Feldstein to Health Canada.
“Free birthing” is a movement of pregnant women rejecting the medicalization of birth and intentionally delivering babies outside the health care system. Why do people do it? Is it legal? And what can be done instead?
The week of November 19 is all about fertility law!
Confused about surrogacy law? Here is an overview of the legal process.
An Ontario Court provided some clarity as to how frozen embryos should be divided in the event of a divorce.
In Canada it is currently against the law to pay someone to donate sperm or eggs, or to be a surrogate. One politician wants to change that.
Health Canada is planning on amending the Assisted Human Reproduction Act and is seeking feedback from the public.
There is a new Bill in government that would alter how surrogacy operates in Ontario.
See what we submitted to the government.
On September 29, 2016 the Ontario government introduced a new Bill that would fundamentally change the legal landscape with respect to who is a parent.
Cy and Ruby’s Act will create real change in Ontario. But hopefully the path to equality will not be accompanied by introducing fundamental flaws to surrogacy procedures in Ontario.
As of December 2015 the Ontario government will start to pay for IVF.
An Ontario couple is suing a Georgia sperm bank because the donor profile was allegedly falsified.