Current Uniform Acts

Assisted Human Reproduction Working Group Report 2009

B.  Best Interests of the Child:

[32]    The discussion about parental/child status and the intriguing issues around methods of AHR needs to take place in the context of the understanding that fundamentally AHR is about the creation of a child.  Thus, the best interests of the child need to be a central focus.

[33]    In 2008, a CBC radio program, Ideas, had a discussion on AHR.  It explored with children of AHR their concerns and interests.  Children born from AHR have concerns about being recognized within the dialogue and development of law and policy.  The rights of the child need to be recognized and protected in these processes both before and after birth.  The child’s need for information on the genetic parents and siblings must be considered.

[34]    A statement made by one of the children in the CBC program points out the need to consider the children’s perspective when discussing even the term “donor”:

...the word donor implies a gift, something that I send away from myself, never to be seen again.  I think we sometimes talk about the gift of life in comparing to organ donations….the kidney doesn’t particularly care whether I’m here or not….the gift of life is not a gift to the recipient parents of the reproductive tissue; it’s the gift of life to the child.  And, the child, unlike blood cells or kidneys, does care who they’re connected to.  Using these words, alters our reality and I think we need to use words that reflect the true reality, from the perspective of the child, who is the point of going through any assisted reproductive technique in the first place….So, why do we leave the child’s perspective out in our language, in our laws, in our contract, in our daily discourse, as if the child is an after thought rather than the sole purpose of going through any of this in the first place?[18]

Next Annual Meeting

2018 Conference (Centennial)

Delta Hotel

Québec City, QC

August 12 - 16, 2018