Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada former Prez under investigation

Dr. Norman Barwin, the former president of Planned Parenthood Canada, was named to the Order of Canada in 1997 for his contributions to women’s reproductive health.

But according to the Montreal Gazette: Families want DNA test to see if fertility doctor used his own sperm Two families have asked the Superior Court of Justice to order DNA testing of a celebrated Ottawa fertility specialist to determine whether his sperm was used to create their children. Dr. Norman Barwin and the clinic he founded, the Broadview Fertility Clinic, have been named in two unusual lawsuits. The suits contend that Barwin inseminated two women with the wrong sperm samples.

According to Bio Edge Narwin has already agreed to work under a restricted medical license and will not perform artificial insemination and intrauterine insemination.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is to hold a hearing about various allegations against Dr Barwin, although a date has not been set. The upshot of these is that he failed to maintain the profession’s standard of practice; that his conduct “would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional;” and that he was incompetent in his artificial insemination practice. It is alleged that Barwin artificially inseminated three women with the wrong sperm.

In one of these cases, Trudy Moore and Matthew Guest sought his help in 2006. Ms Moore’s sister Barbara would act as a surrogate and would be inseminated with Matthew’s sperm. However, it emerged that the father is not Mr Guest. Now Ms Moore frets about how to explain this to her daughter. “What do we tell her?” she asked the Globe and Mail in 2010. “How do I tell her it was a mistake without making her feel like she was a mistake?”

In a second lawsuit, filed in August 2010, Ottawa resident Jacqueline Slinn said she sought Barwin’s help in September 2003. Slinn selected a donor from a Toronto sperm bank and became pregnant after a series of inseminations.

Her daughter was born in March 2005.

Slinn later joined a registry to make contact with other mothers who had been inseminated with the same donor. Three of the children were DNA tested, but results showed that none of them had the same biological father, the lawsuit said.

Slinn subsequently obtained a half-vial of the original sperm sample from Barwin’s fertility clinic and had it tested. Her daughter was not a genetic match for the donor she had chosen.

In both cases, the families asked the court for damages and sought an order that Barwin be tested to rule him out as the sperm donor.

In its notice of hearing, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario allege that Barwin failed to maintain the profession’s standard of practice; that his conduct “would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional;” and that he was incompetent in his artificial insemination practice.

In February, five days after the discipline hearing was announced, Barwin “voluntarily permanently ceased the practice of artificial insemination and intrauterine insemination.”

Sometimes described as a maverick, Barwin has usually been at the forefront of sexual health issues ever since he moved to Canada in 1973. In the late 1970s, he set up the first sexual health clinics in Ottawa’s public high schools and at one point went around Ottawa in an old school bus dubbed the “Sex Bus” distributing sexual health information.

A former president of Planned Parenthood and currently president of Canadians for Choice, Barwin has been an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and was one of those who proposed Dr. Henry Morgentaler for the Order of Canada — a controversial award that prompted some recipients to resign from the order.

2 Responses to “Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada former Prez under investigation”

  1. The hearing date has been set. January 31, 2013. I hope this gets a lot of media attention in order for all families who have went through the procedure knows about Dr. Barwin’s mistakes. These women have a right to know that their doctor made mistakes and then make their own decision to go through a DNA test.

  2. Did they ever find the actual father?

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