As is often the case, I am working with clients right now who are contemplating surrogacy as an option to build their family as a result of cancer. Cancer has stolen time, health and peace from this woman. It has also stolen the ability for this woman to be able to carry her own child. It is sad, it is disappointing. But, there is hope. There is hope because this client, unlike so many of my other clients, was able to undergo IVF and create embryos prior to undergoing her chemotherapy and radiation treatment. There is hope because this client, unlike so many of my other clients, had an oncologist who was familiar with the idea of fertility preservation. There is hope because this client, unlike so many of my other clients, will still have the chance to have a child with her brown eyes and her kind smile. Cancer stole so much from her, but there is hope that cancer has not stolen her opportunity to be a mother.
It shocks me how few of my clients hear information about fertility preservation until it is too late. It seems this tide is slowly changing, and hope is existing where none existed before.
Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her legal practice is exclusively devoted to reproductive law issues. She is based in Toronto, but with clients throughout Canada and beyond. She approaches fertility law with the compassion, empathy and respect it deserves. Sara’s passion is to help build families and she considers herself very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career. Sara regularly acts on behalf of intended parents, surrogate mothers, egg donors, sperm donors, and other people involved with reproductive technologies. She also provides legal advice to domestic and international businesses in the fertility industry. Sara is an elected fellow of AAARTA (American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys), the legal representative on the Ethics Committee at Lifequest Centre for Reproductive Medicine, a member of the Executive Counsel of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section, ART Committee, a member of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), an Adjunct Professor or Reproductive Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Director of Canadian Friends of Haifa University.Sara has been widely quoted in the media about issues relating to fertility law in Canada. She is an advocate for all parties involved in third party reproductive technology. Sara loves what she does and it shows!
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