Author Archives: Michelle Kinney

Fact Sheet Sperm Donation and Surrogacy

FACT SHEET: The Legal Side of Sperm/ Egg /Embryo Donation and Surrogacy

DOWNLOADABLE PDF VERSION: Fact-Sheet-The-Legal-Side-of-3rd-Party-ReproductionDownload This Fact Sheet is for you if you are: THE LAWS THAT APPLY TO YOU There are two important legal schemes that apply to you. THE LAW IN BC: Who is a parent under the BC Family Law Act If your child will be born in BC, the BC Family Law […]

Secret Society Film

The Secret Society: A Feature Film on the Hidden World of Egg Donation in Canada

Website: The Secret Society The Secret Society shines light on a hidden and unacknowledged women’s health crisis. Complicating the already stressful and stigmatized world of infertility, women who are unable to conceive because their eggs are no longer viable are forced to take their medical needs into their own hands only to discover that Canadian law criminalizes payment to […]

Consultation Report on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act

The following excerpt was written and provided by Heath Canada: On July 12, 2017, Health Canada launched a 60-day online consultation, inviting interested stakeholders to provide comments on the Department’s key policy proposals to update and strengthen the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Act. The online consultation provided Canadians with an opportunity to review and submit […]

Before the U-Haul: 10 Family Law Tips for Queers

In honor the Pride season, Christine Murray, family lawyer extraordinaire, and I compiled the top 10 family law “quick tips” for queer couples or families. The family law applies to all marriage-like relationships, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender. Tip #1: Two years living together – what does it mean and why do you care: You […]

ART in the Commonwealth: BC is leading the way

On October 21, 2016, I was honored to speak at the American Bar Association’s 2016 Fall Family Law Section CLE Conference on an international panel “The Commonwealth of ART”. The panel explored the similarities and differences between the Commonwealth countries of Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom as they approach difficult issues related to law […]