Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) is the term that Health Canada uses to describe anything that helps someone get pregnant in order to have a child that is not heterosexual intercourse.
AHR includes insemination, surrogacy, egg donation, and sperm donation. It also includes taking medication and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
In Canada, these activities are regulated by Health Canada, under the authority of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. More information is available from Health Canada.
The LGBTQ Parenting Network has participated in a wide range of advocacy and research to guide policy makers and legal decisions in the realm of assisted human reproduction.
We have done collaborative work with the LGBTQ/AHRA Working Group, the Creating Our Families Advisory Committee, and the staff and students of the Re:searching for LGBTQ Health team.
Informed by these projects, we have produced a guidebook directed to LGBTQ people, and a fact sheet directed to Assisted Human Reproduction service providers.
Give Your Feedback to Health Canada: Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA)
Health Canada is seeking feedback about proposed regulations for sections 10, 12 and 45-58 of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA). We here at the LGBTQ Parenting Network and Rainbow Health Ontario have prepared a summary of what they are looking at, followed by a little history. CLICK HERE for the full summary.
About The Sections Currently Under Review
Section 10: Safety of Donor Sperm and Ova
- Is designed to reduce the risks to human health and safety that might arise from the use of sperm or ova for the purposes of assisted human reproduction
Section 12: Reimbursement (of expenses for donors and surrogates)
- Sets the limits for what types of expenses are eligible for reimbursements for donors and surrogates
Sections 45-58: Administration and Enforcement
- Establish a regulatory framework for compliance and enforcement
For full details on Health Canada’s current regulatory project and to submit feedback CLICK HERE. Feedback is due by Sept. 9, 2017.
This guidebook is for LGBTQ people who are interested in using assisted human reproduction services to have children. Friends, family and others who are allies may also find it helpful.
In this guidebook, you will learn about conception and legal issues; tips to help you understand how the fertility clinics work; what questions to ask, and what issues to consider when using assisted human reproduction.
The guidebook and fact sheet are both available in English and French and can be downloaded from our library.
Meeting the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) People in Canada: A Fact Sheet for AHR Service Providers
Some fertility clinics in urban areas such as Toronto report as many as 15-25% of their clients are from LGBTQ communities. Despite being significant Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) service users, the AHR system is not traditionally set up with LGBTQ people in mind; it assumes that clients are heterosexual and cisgender (non-trans), partnered or married with access to two incomes, and dealing with infertility.
While some of these assumptions may be true for LGBTQ AHR clients, many are not, and this can cause unnecessary confusion and hardships.
This fact sheet service providers is available to download in English or French from our library.
The fact sheet is accompanied by a guidebook for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer clients.
Fact Sheet: Reproductive Options for Trans People
This fact sheet, one of many developed by Rainbow Health Ontario, details various fertility preservation options for trans people to consider.
This fact sheet is for health care service providers. Trans people, their partners, friends and family may also find it helpful. The fact sheet is available to download from our library.
Sharing current research with health and service providers, researchers and policy makers across the province is central to the work of both the LGBTQ Parenting Network and Rainbow Health Ontario.
We are proud to partner with Rainbow Health Ontario and the Re:Searching for LGBT Health Team at the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction on this Fact Sheet.
We are deeply grateful for multiple contributions from the community, including those of j wallace, in developing this fact sheet.
Scenes from a Fertility Clinic
This set of five educational videos is intended to be used by assisted human reproduction professionals who are interested in improving the quality of their service to LGBTQ people.
The videos are the latest product from Creating Our Families, a Canadian Institute for Health Resarch (CIHR) funded project that is a collaboration between the LGBTQ Parenting Network and RE:Searching for LGBTQ Health.
Each segment consists of a scene or monologue, based on experiences we were told about in interviews. Following each scene are some short clips from LGBTQ community members, commenting on how the scene relates to their own experience. You can watch each one individually, or you can choose to watch all five together. Each video is accompanied by a set of questions for service providers and a set of questions for LGBTQ people. The videos and related materials are available in our library.