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Canadian 'Win a Baby' Radio Contest Sparks Debate

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An Ottawa radio station is holding a controversial new contest in which the prize is up to three cycles of fertility treatments for couples who cannot conceive naturally.  To enter, couples need to write a letter to the station explaining why they need the treatments.  Finalists will need to undergo a consultation with a fertility specialist and submit a reference from a family doctor.

Canada's Metro News site reports that debate over the contest has erupted on Facebook and Twitter:

"I think we're crossing some morality lines with this contest ... imagine telling your child, you were a prize from a radio station because we had problems conceiving," wrote Casey Schofield on the station's Facebook page.

"When one in six couples have trouble conceiving — that's a huge percentage," said Hot 89.9 co-host Jeff Mauler. "If we help out those families or individuals who are looking to do this then I think those people who are against it should see the bigger picture and realize that we're actually trying to help somebody who couldn't do this otherwise."

In July, a British charity held a similar contest, selling raffle tickets for a single IVF, donor egg, or surrogacy cycle.

(image via: http://www.metronews.ca)

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