Canadian ‘Win a Baby’ Radio Contest Sparks Debate

Win a BabyAn 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.

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  1. by Emily

    On September 20, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I think this is amazing, it’s giving people who don’t have the money for these treatments the opportunity to have a child.

  2. by Jessica

    On September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    My husband and I have been married for 9 years and have had problems concieving a child. We saved and saved to finally afford 1 IVF cycle out of country. We were blessed that it was a success. However, now that our little guy is 18 months old we are looking at doing it again and the cost is un-real here in the United States. If someone wants to give a couple the chance to have their own child then I think that is wonderful gift. There is nothing like becoming a parent when you have been told it is almost impossible.

  3. by Lisa

    On September 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I fail to see the controversy. Fertility treatments are so pricy and not being able to conceive is so heartbreaking. Think what a gift this will be to a family. It will make a priceless difference in their lives. Look at it in a positive light and there is no debate. I highly doubt the winner of this contest is going to say to their kid, “you are a prize from the radio station.” Rather, the radio station has afforded them the opportunity to have help conceiving.

  4. by Biffer

    On September 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The only ‘controversy’ this thing sparks is what has been made up by the radio station. They’re putting fake calls on the air and getting people to ask questions that aren’t real because they’re just desperate for publicity. That’s all this is – an attempt to win ratings. It has nothing to do with altruistic goals.

  5. by Cristina

    On September 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    This is a case where “the end justifies the means”. I think it’s a wonderful idea; certainly a lot better than giving away free boob jobs! They’re giving a couple hope and a chance to make their dream come true. My husband and I conceived naturally but it took us a year and it was the longest year of our life! Having a child is such a blessing and it’s so heartbreaking when you can’t get pregnant. It doesn’t matter if the money comes from a credit card, loan, your grandma or the radio… what matters is the gift.

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