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Surrogacy and IVF in Canada: What you need to know

By Dilshad Burman | 680 News | Jan. 9, 2019

The story of Canadian citizen Joseph Tito whose twin daughters were not allowed to return with him to Canada brings attention to the complexity of engaging in international surrogacy. This article reviews the rules and costs of in vitro fertilization and surrogacy in different provinces in Canada. It includes several links to official agencies for more detailed information.

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Canadian man who had twins via surrogacy in Kenya allowed to bring them home

By Dilshad Burman and Faiza Amin | City News | Jan. 7, 2019

Canadian citizen Joseph Tito’s twin daughters, born to a surrogate mother in Kenya, were not allowed to return to Canada due to citizenship laws. Tito had to undergo extensive paperwork in Kenya to bring his daughters home with him. His lawyer explains the need for intended parents to learn about applicable laws in the country where the surrogate lives, before starting the process.

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Surrogacy Should Be Regulated, But the New Bill Falls Short

By Deepa V., Sarojini Nadimpally | The Wire | Jan. 2, 2019

This opinion piece by advocates at Sama Resource Group for Women and Health asserts that India’s Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 is discriminatory and regressive because it allows only heterosexual, married couples to engage in commercial surrogacy–and only married women with consent of their husbands. They advocate for regulation that upholds the rights of women acting as surrogates and allows single, queer and live-in partners to engage in surrogacy; and for broader regulation of the entire assisted reproductive technology industry.

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Article: Do IVF and Other Infertility Tech Lead to Health Risks for the Baby? Maybe.

Do IVF and Other Infertility Tech Lead to Health Risks for the Baby? Maybe.
By Mara Gordon | National Public Radio | Sept. 19, 2018

This article explores new research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, on children conceived through certain infertility treatments and their risk for cardiovascular disease. While the study’s authors indicate that the findings are preliminary, they encourage families using infertility treatments to be vigilant about screening their children and mitigating other risk factors, such as smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.

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In 2012, the same team of scientists published a paper showing that 65 healthy children  born with the help of ART were more likely than their peers to have early signs of problematic blood vessels.

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Podcast: Misconceptions

By Reveal | The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX | Sept. 15, 2018

Originally broadcast in June 2017, around the 40th anniversary of in vitro fertilization, this podcast follows a couple that “puts its trust in a fertility clinic that promises more than it can deliver.” It explores the world of fertility treatment and the clinics and intended parents it brings together with promises of forming families.

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Article: 44 Siblings and Counting

44 Siblings and Counting
By Ariana Eunjung Cha | The Washington Post | Sept. 12, 2018

The midsummer reunion in a suburb west of the city looks like any other, but these family ties can’t be described with standard labels. Instead, Arroyo, a 21-year-old waitress from Orlando, is here to meet “DNA-in-laws,” various “sister-moms” and especially people like Sophia, a cherished “donor-sibling.”

This article follows Kianni Arroyo, one of many children created using sperm from “donor #2757,” in her quest to find her donor-siblings. It tracks country-specific caps on donor births, as well as efforts of organizations like Donor Sibling Registry that urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to limit the number of births per donor, mandate reporting of donor-conceived births, and require donors to provide post-conception medical updates.

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