Exploring Quebec's new fertility frontier after Bill 20
Journalist and lawyer Erin Ashley Singer explores the cost of a human embryo in the wake of Bill 20
Since Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette's controversial Bill 20 passed in November 2015, the province's fertility programs have become less available to couples seeking help conceiving children.
A new documentary on the subject explores the impact of the legislation, following journalist and lawyer Erin Ashley Singer as she begins the process of freezing her own eggs.
The documentary examines the challenges that hopeful parents face as they receive in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments amid Quebec's shifting fertility polices. (Laurus Productions) In the documentary, Singer examines the challenges others face as they receive in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments amid Quebec's shifting fertility polices.
Along the way, we meet a 42-year-old woman navigating the changes while struggling to conceive; a gay couple worried the cost of IVF might now exclude them from motherhood; and a couple concerned with the fate of their frozen embryos.
Singer reveals how hopeful parents grapple with the emotional highs and lows of the IVF process. At the same time, she examines Quebecers' values and ideology around family planning.
In Vitro: Quebec's New Fertility Frontier airs Saturday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. as part of the Absolutely Quebec series.