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Canadian Laws on Egg Donation Not Enforced
For the last eight years, it's been illegal in Canada to pay for human eggs or sperm. But the practice continues nonetheless, with Canadian women earning good money donating their eggs to couples desperate for children. And all of this goes on, say critics, because no one is enforcing the law. Under the law, anyone violating the Assisted Human Reproduction Act could be fined up to $500,000 or face 10 years in jail. But since the law came into effect, no one has ever been charged with violating the law. And yet it appears that a "grey" market continues, with ads offering compensation to Canadian egg donors found easily online. The situation is a mess, says Sara Cohen, who specializes in fertility law as a partner at Raviele Vaccaro LLP.