Gay men get government-funded in-vitro

Radio announcer Joel Legendre has confirmed that government-paid in vitro fertilization will allow him and his partner to become parents via a surrogate mother this summer.

This is a first for gay men in Quebec, who previously did not have access to the provincial program which helps couples dealing with fertility problems.

Legendre and his partner submitted their request to the previous Parti Quebecois government and it was accepted.

The surrogate is carrying twins conceived with donated eggs. As per Quebec law, she will not be paid for her surrogate services.

A law expert is predicting that Legendre and his partner may have trouble registering themselves as the legal fathers of the twins. They'll have to go through the adoption process after the surrogate consents to it.

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  1. john posted on 04/24/2014 10:44 AM
    I do not think the government should be funding this.
  2. Kat posted on 04/24/2014 11:38 AM
    The old fashion way is cheaper on tax payers. ; )
  3. GT posted on 04/24/2014 03:03 PM
    Why stop here let's extend this service to criminals in jail as well. We are in a new era where morals and decency have been put out at the curb for the sanitation department to pick up.
  4. Jo posted on 04/24/2014 04:01 PM
    Pretty sure he could have just afforded it himself, i don't see why the government paid for that.

    Also i cant believe surrogate aren't paid in Quebec, its not something easy to go through for someone else.
  5. Lynn posted on 04/24/2014 07:51 PM
    They are not the first and there never was a ban on treatment for gay men. Many other babies are already born from this program and Quebec law is very clear on not discriminating against gay people. RAMQ covers treatments for single women, female same-sex couples, women over 45, men who have had vasectomies, women who have had tubal ligations and many other people with infertility that is not strictly medical. There is nothing wrong with re-evaluating the program, but this should be done on a political level through the upcoming report. As of its inception in 2010, the law covers everyone without any exceptions.
    1. Cheryl posted on 04/25/2014 10:41 AM
      @Lynn Yes you can't discriminate on sexuality in Quebec except when it comes to their head wear.

      When we are in a billion $ deficit I think this program should be the FIRST to go. They should re-evaluate this program when we can afford it.
  6. manuela posted on 06/06/2014 10:53 PM
    I'm sorry I know a loot of couples like mine who have trouble conceiving and would be devastated if this program goes
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