Fertility

The criminalization of compensated surrogacy is wrong

It’s wrong to criminalize compensated surrogacy in Canada when so many people are simply trying to create a family for themselves, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells CTV News. Read more

Sperm donor case highlights Canada's reliance on foreign gamete donation

An American whose sperm donation was allegedly used to create more than 30 children, including at least three in Canada, has told police he lied to a sperm bank about his background. Read more

Cohen to share fertility law insights with estates lawyers

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will share her expertise on the issues estate lawyers should consider when advising clients in matters involving frozen human reproductive material at an upcoming program presented by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). Read more

Incidence of misdirected embryos 'very rare' in Canada: Cohen

Despite a recent warning in the U.S. about a handful of IVF mix-ups resulting in “misdirected” embryos ending up in the wrong women’s bodies, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen says it is “very, very rare” in Canada, and parents here shouldn’t panic. Read more

A need for provincial legislation on third-party family building

Provincial legislation dealing with third-party family building — particularly surrogacy — is lacking in Canada and there is a real need for a comprehensive legal framework to make secure families and to protect all parties involved in this process, says Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen. Read more

Ontario's plan to change 'family' definition is positive for parents

Ontario took a welcome step forward when Premier Kathleen Wynne told gay rights group EGALE that the province intends to modernize the definition of family to give non-hetero parents the same rights as heterosexual parents, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen says. Read more

Cohen to speak at AAARTA, ABA conferences this spring

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will share her insights on growing a practice with the help of social media, as well as on how to use checklists to ensure smooth international travel for babies born through surrogacy in the U.S., at a pair of conferences this month. Read more

Toronto support group for users of donor eggs

By Sara Cohen . This weekend, I had the great pleasure of speaking at a new peer-led support group in Toronto called Eggxtra Support along with my dear friend, Jan Silverman . There are a number of reasons I want to share this experience with you. The first is to get the word out — I have had a plethora of requests from clients who are looking for support groups for people using donor ova (donor eggs) to build their families. IVF is stressful on its own. Adding donor gametes to the equation adds many further levels to consider, both in terms of issues to work out, expenses, ethical considerations, legal issues, etc. I can't tell you how valuable I think it is for groups like this to exist and to provide a judgement-free and supportive space. The group does not yet have a website, but here is an email address for those interested: eggxtra.toronto@gmail.com . Hopefully this group will continue its excellent work, and other similar groups can form around the country or remotely. The other reason I wanted to discuss this — although I always encourage my clients involved in third party reproduction to also work with some excellent counsellors, psychologists or social workers before moving forward with using donor gametes (donor eggs, donor sperm or donor embryos), I am usually outside of this part of the process. I want to express my gratitude for being included. Although I am blessed to frequently have very warm relationships with my clients, it is a different experience entirely to hear about people's fears, concerns, and feelings outside of the formal, legal relationship. While I hope that I taught the attendees something about the legal aspects of using donor eggs in Canada, they certainly reminded me exactly why it is that I do what I do. I was so touched by and impressed with the supportive environment they created for each other, how mindful of the interests of the child and the donor, and thoughtful they were about their decisions. Thank you for including me! If you are thinking of attending, but are shy, I encourage you to do so. I think it will be well worth your time. If you are too far from Toronto to make it to the meeting, please write the email address above and see about how you can participate remotely. Read more

Cohen to discuss fertility law issues at BC CLE course

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will share her expertise on the law around fertility and assisted reproductive technologies at an upcoming course in Vancouver, presented by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, she tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Fertility law brings struggles, rewarding results

A former commercial litigator at a Bay Street law firm, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen had an awakening moment when she was pregnant with her eldest child, which ultimately led her to focus her career in another direction, she tells The Globe and Mail ’s The Ladder column. Read more

Regulation a better option for commercial surrogacy

The act of commercial surrogacy should be regulated rather than criminalized, as instead of protecting women, current laws are ‘paternalistic and offensive,’ Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen recently told a McGill University law and health symposium, as reported by the McGill Tribune . Read more

Cohen to share insights on fertility law at LGBT family event

On Feb. 25, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will share her expertise on Canada’s fertility laws at ‘The Modern LGBT Family: Parenthood and Estate Planning’ event, offered in conjunction with Pride at Work Canada, TD and Fasken Martineau. Read more

Understand Canadian laws before engaging in surrogacy

Because of its high-quality healthcare services, proximity to the United States, and LGBT-friendly laws and attitudes, many people are considering Canada for surrogacy — but it is important that they are aware of the legal framework currently in place, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen writes for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Legally Speaking column. Read more

Cohen to speak at assisted reproduction colloquium

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will speak at the 8th annual colloquium on the legal and policy issues associated with assisted reproduction in Canada on Feb. 6 in Montreal. Read more

For lawyers with kids, owning own firm has benefits, drawbacks

For women lawyers with young families, certain elements of owning your own firm may be less than perfect, but Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells Lawyers Weekly that she believes she has created the ideal situation. Read more