A Calgary woman recently learned that she would not be allowed to bring a multi-cultural child into the world, if she planned on using the Regional Fertility Program.  According to the anonymous woman, the fertility clinic restricts patients from using sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who do not match their ethnic background.

She was told she could only use sperm from donors who were white, like her.

“That’s when everything went downhill,” she told the Calgary Herald. “I was absolutely floored.”

The clinic’s administrative director, Dr. Calvin Greene, confirmed that his center would not treat couples or singles who insist on using donors of a different ethnicity.

“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.”

A statement on the clinic’s website reads: “it is the practice of the Regional Fertility Program not to permit the use of a sperm donor that would result in a future child appearing racially different than the recipient or the recipient’s partner.”

Greene noted that other doctors who work at the clinic also feel that “a child of an ethnic background should have the ability to be able to identify with their ethnic roots” and that a patient and their children should share a “cultural connection,” the Herald reports.

Well, apparently Canada isn’t post-racial after all.


Clutchettes, do you think the clinic should prevent multi-cultural children being “made”?

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