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Nurse assisting with egg retrieval procedure in theatre.
Nurse assisting with egg retrieval procedure in theatre.
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Reality check: Does it make sense for taxpayers to fund in vitro?

For Ontario couples struggling to start or enlarge their families, it is the kind of promise that would undoubtedly move their votes: Expanding the public funding of in vitro fertilization.

As the quintessential motherhood issue, paying for IVF makes for good politics. But does it make good policy?

The Liberal health minister who made the IVF pledge just before her government fell earlier this month didn’t always think so. Or, at the very least, she didn’t think it was a policy Ontario could afford.