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Multiple Births Canada and the Politics of Assisted Reproduction in Canada

Saturday, January 13, 2007
I was astounded to read about the difficulty Multiple Births Canada has had in achieving charitable status. They want to be able to accept charitable donations from large companies so that they can provide parents of multiples with some often desperately needed financial assistance.

So I got to thinking about why it might not be in certain people's best interest to have an influential group like Multiple Births Canada having the financial resources that would allow them to speak up about issues affecting parents of multiples. And then I remembered the outcry in response to the Harper government's appointments to the Assisted Human Reproduction Canada Board.

Of course, there could be other factors that explain Multiple Births Canada's difficulty in obtaining charitable funding status. (I'm simply responding to these two news stories and saying, "Isn't this interesting?)

But having been a keynote speaker at their AGM last May, I can vouch for the excellent work they do for Canadian families -- work that they have been doing since 1978 (the year that the world's first test-tube baby was born, coincidentally, and the world of multiple births changed forever). (15% to 17% of multiples result from fertility treatments: find more facts about multiples from Multiple Births Canada's website).

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| posted by Ann D @ 11:15 AM