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Assisted human reproduction in Canada, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy, is governed by the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (the “AHRA”).
For all of my complaints about the AHRA (and I have many), I recognize and appreciate how special it is that the Act begins with a section including a declaration by the Parliament of Canada that people who seek to use assisted reproductive technologies (or ARTs) must not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or marital status.
What that means (or should mean) is that ARTs are available to you whether you are single or married, gay, straight or transgendered. This may not seem like a big deal, but it sets Canada apart from other jurisdictions that take into account sexual orientation or marital status when it comes to family building. (For me, the AHRA starts out with this great bang and fizzles out from there). Read Fortylicious Story