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Canadian Surrogates and Their Extraordinary Altruism

July 18, 2016

(The Toronto Star) – Canadian women have emerged as the rock stars of international surrogacy. Their altruism costs for prospective parents far less than in countries like the U.S., where surrogates are paid tens of thousands of dollars. And Canada’s universal health care system keeps medical costs low for foreign couples who would be responsible for doctors’ bills elsewhere. Canada also considers all births as equal, meaning each baby born to a Canadian surrogate — even if the child is never intended to be raised in Canada and isn’t biologically related to any Canadian — can carry citizenship for the rest of its life.

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