"Making Babies" makes the news


CTV news hosted a week long news story this past week, addressing a different aspect of infertility in a segment called Making Babies on the evening news each night.  Topics included:

  • Canadian laws drive infertile couples to India - 'Reproductive tourism' is a $500-million industry in India that helps infertile couples conceive. But critics say it's restrictive Canadian laws that are pushing couples there rather than helping them conceive in Canada
  • Finding a Canadian surrogate not impossible, but it's hard - Canadian laws forbid an infertile couple from paying someone to have their child. Supporters say it stops selling the building blocks of life -- and to get around that in Canada you need help from friends and family
  • Does egg freezing stop the biological clock? - Stuck between wanting a family and wanting a career, more women are choosing a new technology that promises to prolong their fertility. But critics are wondering whether clinics making these promises can deliver.
  • Children of sperm donation fight to know parents - Thousands of children conceived by sperm donation are watching a Vancouver court case that could put them in touch with their parents. But others worry that removing anonymity could dry up the list of donors.
  • Technology gives parents power over genetic diseases? - Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis allows parents to pick disease-free babies over ones with otherwise unavoidable conditions. But ethicists worry the power to choose our children could go too far.
  • Who pays for in vitro fertilization? - Other provinces have started to pay for IVF treatment in a bid to avoid multiple births, which saves the health care system – and desperate parents -- money. So why not British Columbia?

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