Fertility

Cohen to lead Fertility Matters Canada advocacy group

By AdvocateDaily.com Staff

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen has been named president of Canada’s leading fertility advocacy organization.

Cohen, founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP, will begin her one-year term as president of Fertility Matters Canada (FMC) in June, she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

“This is a wonderful organization that has really grown a great deal in the last number of years,” says Cohen, who has been vice-president of Fertility Matters for the last two years, and a member for nine.

“The organization does great advocacy work for Canadians who need fertility support and information, and also in terms of legislative changes that need to be made.”

She succeeds Dr. Sharon Mortimer.

FMC is a national charitable organization that “empowers Canadians to help reach their reproductive health goals by providing support, awareness, information, and education, and promoting equal access to fertility treatments,” its website states.

The organization grew from a volunteer group in Ottawa called the Infertility Self Support Group (ISSG), which began in 1983.

Cohen anticipates goals for the upcoming year will be discussed during a board of directors conference call in September.

“Something near and dear to my heart is making legislative change both provincially and federally,” she says. “We’ve definitely been a huge part of that process, and I hope we’ll continue doing that.

“Two other things I think are really important. One is providing access for people who can’t necessarily get to clinics in larger centres and need someone to talk to or require other support. The other issue is destigmatizing fertilization issues and making them part of open conversation.”

Cohen’s practice is devoted exclusively to fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues.

She co-chaired Canada’s first national symposium on fertility law and is the former co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. Cohen is a member of the international organization, the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.

“I’m really excited about the upcoming year, and look forward to working with new vice-president Heather Brooks, founder of Outreach Health Services, and the entire board, including our newest member, Dr. Nicole Patterson,” she says.

“The essential thing is helping us achieve our mandate, which is to support those with fertility issues in Canada, and to help see us grow and destigmatize fertility issues,” Cohen says.

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