A fertility center in Calgary, Canada has policies that prevents patients from using sperm, eggs, or embryos that are not from their ethnic group:
A Calgary woman says she was shocked to learn of a policy at the city’s only fertility treatment centre that restricts patients from using sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who do not match their ethnic background.
Catherine, who asked to use only her first name, said she sought invitro fertilization at the Regional Fertility Program last March as a single woman. During routine consultations with her doctor she was told she could only use sperm from donors who were white, like her.
“That’s when everything went downhill,” she told the Herald. “I was absolutely floored.”
Dr. Calvin Greene, the clinic’s administrative director, confirmed the private facility will not treat couples or singles who insist on using donors of a different ethnicity. The policy has been in place since the clinic opened in the 1980s.
“I’m not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that that’s what she wants,” he said. “That’s her prerogative, but that’s not her prerogative in our clinic.”
This is blatant prejudice and racism. Rainbow families?! As if there is something wrong with people from differing ethnic groups procreating. We’re all human. We’re all equal. There is no such thing as racial purity. We all share similar descent. Moreover, we’re far more similar than we different-at least genetically. This is a horrible policy that should be stricken from their books. This is fucking 2014. No fertility clinic should block the efforts of any patient in such a way!