April 23, 2012 5:50 pm
An air of confusion surrounds Canada’s rules governing fertility issues, such as assisted human reproduction. Although the federal government passed a law in 2004 that tackled a wide swath of the socially and ethically controversial issues surrounding reproduction, covering everything from human cloning to payment for sperm, the law hasn’t lived up to expectations.
April 13, 2012 2:25 pm
There are a growing number of lawyers making a living by coordinating surrogacies — a pregnancy where a woman bears a child for someone else who can’t conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.
April 13, 2012 1:18 pm
A Toronto man believes he may be one of hundreds of children conceived by a single sperm donor — and he’s on a mission to track down as many of his siblings as possible.
April 13, 2012 11:24 am
More than three decades after Britain produced the world’s first test-tube baby, Europe is a patchwork of restrictions for people who need help having a child. Many countries have strict rules on who is allowed to get fertility treatments. And recent court rulings suggest nothing’s likely to change anytime soon.
April 9, 2012 1:11 pm
The first human egg cells that have been grown entirely in the laboratory from stem cells could be fertilised later this year in a development that will revolutionise fertility treatment and might even lead to a reversal of the menopause in older women. Scientists are about to request a licence from the UK fertility watchdog to fertilise the eggs as part of a series of tests to generate an unlimited supply of human eggs, a breakthrough that could help infertile women to have babies as well as making women as fertile in later life as men.
April 2, 2012 1:59 pm
A New Yorker book review asks the question “Is Procreation Immoral?” and reviews two books that explore the ethical issues in the decision to (or not to) reproduce.
April 2, 2012 11:41 am
Last Monday, the Cleveland Clinic launched its “NextGen” sperm banking kit. But are American men really crying out for such a service? And while sperm are pretty hearty swimmers in their intended environment, can they really survive the punishment meted out by the UPS guy? #reproduction #sperm
March 26, 2012 1:34 pm
After three years of trying to conceive, a married couple in the Netherlands in their early 30s learned they could not have a child because the husband produced no sperm. They did not want to use sperm donated from a stranger, partly because this would mean the child would not share genes with the husband’s side of the family. But because the husband had no brothers to donate, the couple seemed at a loss on how to pass on his gene pool. Then the couple thought of an unconventional solution: Use sperm from the husband’s father. The child produced from this union of egg and sperm would have a “father” who was his biological half- brother, and a “grandfather” who was his biological father.
March 20, 2012 9:27 pm
Chicago native Ellie Lavi could not have been happier when she gave birth to beautiful twin girls overseas. She found that the U.S. State Department did not share in her joy when she went to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to apply for citizenship for her children. An embassy staffer wanted to know whether Lavi got pregnant at a fertility clinic. She said yes and was told that her children were not eligible for citizenship unless she could prove that the egg or sperm used to create the embryo was from an American citizen.
March 9, 2012 8:51 pm
Ariel and Deborah Levy are arguing in a Portland, Ore., courtroom that their 4-year-old daughter Kalanit should never have been born. A jury is being asked to award the Levys $3 million for the “wrongful birth” of Kalanit, who has Down syndrome. According to a story in the Oregonian, the Levys, concerned about the risk of Down due to the mother’s age, sought prenatal testing. They maintain that the lab and doctors at Legacy Health Care’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland botched the test.