© Reuters / Michael Dalder
A single Canadian woman, who sought in vitro fertilization in the only local clinic in Calgary, has been prohibited from using donors of a different ethnicity to avoid "creating rainbow families."
The 38-year old woman, who requested to use only her first name, Catherine, told the Calgary Herald
that "everything went downhill"
when last March she learned that she could only use sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who were white, like her.
"I was absolutely floored,"
When asked why she did not want to choose somebody of her own "cultural background," Catherine said there were many reasons why.
One of the main reasons was that after she picked out donors who met required standards, had a good health history and a compatible blood type, a list of potential biological fathers for her child was narrowed-down to about 20 Caucasian donors. Moreover, many of them had already been used by several other patients in the area.
"Frankly, it's appalling how many people have the same donors, probably because of this policy,"
she said. "A friend of mine just went through this process and used the donor that I would have picked."
Despite that, Dr. Calvin Greene The Regional Fertility Program (RFP
), where Catherine went to undergo in vitro fertilization, is firm on his position.
Greene stressed that the RFP would deny couples or singles who insist on using donors of a different ethnicity under a policy in operation since the center was opened in the 1980's.
"I'm not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that that's what she wants,"
Dr. Calvin Greene, the clinic's administrative director told the Herald. "That's her prerogative, but that's not her prerogative in our clinic."