Laws for Egg Donation: The Legal Status of Shipping Donor Eggs from the U.S. to Canada

The National’s aired segment on reproductive technologies and egg donation sparked controversy in Canada.  Although fertility specialist Dr. Matt Gysler openly discussed his patients purchasing donor eggs from the United States and shipping them to Canada, fertility lawyer Sherry Levitan “believed people importing these eggs could face criminal prosecution.” Fertility lawyer Sara Cohen writes about the controversy for The Huffington Post, stating her opinion that “even if the payment for a cryopreserved banked egg is made in Canada, such a payment is not prohibited by the AHRA online casino and is therefore legal.”  Despite Sara’s confidence in her analysis of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA), she expresses the difficulties for families trying to navigate fertility laws.  Laws for egg donation and all fertility treatments need to keep up with technological advancements, and not leave people trying to build their families in a legal limbo.

 

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