Blogs, Op-Eds and Other Commentary

Megan Nichole Poole and Alana Cattapan. “The Unintended Outcomes of Mis-Measuring Unintended Pregnancies.” Impact Ethics. 4 June 2021.                                                               

Cattapan, Alana. “End of Birth Alerts Only the First Step in Reforming Child Welfare System.Regina Leader-Post (and Saskatoon Star Phoenix). 1 March 2021.

Cattapan, Alana. “A Push in Alberta for ‘Pay-for-Plasma’ Distracts from Bigger Questions.” Policy Options. 13 August 2020.

Cattapan, Alana. “The Legality of Paying for Plasma (and the Limits of the Law).” CSIP: Making Waves. 22 July 2020.

Cattapan, Alana. Lessons from Lying-In. Impact Ethics. 2 July 2020.

Cattapan, Alana. “After a Newborn Was Found in a Recycling Bin, a Safe Haven Baby Hatch May Save Lives.” The Conversation Canada. 4 March 2020.

Cattapan, Alana, Vanessa Gruben, and Angela Cameron. “New reproductive technology regulations don’t go far enough.” Policy Options. 15 April 2019.

Cattapan, Alana. “Who Gets the Frozen Embryos in the Divorce.” The Conversation. 8 August 2018.

Cattapan, Alana. “Changing the law to allow payment for surrogacy is fraught with complications.” CBC Opinion. 22 May 2018.

Cattapan, Alana and Françoise Baylis.Argument of paying for surrogacy, sperm and eggs based on misinformation.The Toronto Star. 1 May 2018.

Baylis, Françoise and Alana Cattapan. “Paying Surrogates, Sperm, and Egg Donors Goes Against Canadian Values.” The Conversation (reposted to and Impact Ethics). 2 April 2018.

Hanson, Cindy, Alana Cattapan, Stephanie Paterson, Jane Stinson, and Jacqueline Neapole. “Budget Misses on the Diversity of Women’s Experience.” Policy Options 2 March 2018.

Béland, Daniel, Alana Cattapan, and Elizabeth Schwartz. “Paying Attention to the Mundane Policy Issues.” Policy Options. 5 December 2017.

Baylis, Françoise and Alana Cattapan. “Canada’s Prohibition on Altering the Human Genome.” Impact Ethics. 27 October 2017.

DuPont, Quinn and Alana Cattapan. “Engendering Alice and Bob.” Backchannels (Society for the Social Study of Science). 9 October 2017.

Cattapan, Alana and Françoise Baylis. “Egg Donors and Surrogates Need High Quality Care.” The Conversation. 27 September 2017.

Cattapan, Alana. “Attend Meetings or Perish…” Hook and Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe. 22 September 2017.

Cattapan, Alana, Angela Cameron, and Vanessa Gruben. “When Women are Surrogate Mothers: Is That Work.” The Conversation (reposted in the National Post online and on Impact Ethics). 25 July 2017.

Cattapan, Alana. “Notes on Digital Humanities and (Canadian) Feminist Archives.” Mediacommons (Field Guide on Digital Humanities and the Future of the Archive). 18 April 2017.

Cattapan, Alana, Cindy Hanson, Jane Stinson, Leah Levac, and Stephanie Paterson. “The budget’s baby steps on gender analysis.” Policy Options. 27 March 2017.

Cattapan, Alana. “Have they thought about what they’re asking?: the inequity of job applications.” Hook and Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe. 18 March 2017. (reposted on

Cattapan, Alana. “Clarifying the AHR Act After Twelve Long Years.” Impact Ethics: Making A Difference in Bioethics. 18 November 2016.

Cattapan, Alana. “Sex-selective abortion is about more than wishing for male children.” Blog post/editorial. 19 April 2016.

Cattapan, Alana and Françoise Baylis. “The Trouble with Paying for Sperm.” The Toronto Star. Op-ed. 9 April 2016.

Cattapan, Alana. “The Curious Case of Informed Consent for Egg Donation.” BMJ: Journal of Medical Ethics Blog. 17 March 2016.

Cattapan, Alana and Françoise Baylis. “Don’t Commercialize Women’s Bodies.” Letter. Montreal Gazette. 12 March 2016.

Cattapan, Alana. “Ontario Should Focus on Preventing Infertility Instead of Treating It.” 11 November 2015.

Cattapan, Alana. “Why Ontario’s IVF Funding Structure is Not the Answer.” 26 October 2015.

Fletcher, Amber and Alana Cattapan. “Shifting Paradigms, Enduring Legacies: Reflecting on the 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women.” Blogging for Equality. 19 May 2015.

Cattapan, Alana. “For Love or Money: The ‘Shortage’ of Canadian Sperm Donors.” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics. 24 April 2015.

Cattapan, Alana. “A Fictive Reality: Science Fiction, Dystopia, and Assisted Reproduction.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 11 March 2015.

Lippman, Abby, Alana Cattapan, and Kelly Holloway. “Evidence and the Marketing of the HPV Vaccine.” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics.  4 November 2014.

Cattapan, Alana. “Limited Funding for IVF Does Not Go Far Enough.” The Toronto Star. 15 April 2014. A15.

Cattapan, Alana. “The (Unknown) Costs of Private-for-Profit IVF.” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics.  21 December 2013.

Cattapan, Alana, Margrit Eichler, and Lorna Weir. “The Governance Gap in Assisted Human Reproduction.” Network Magazine.  2 December 2013.

Cattapan, Alana. “Rethinking Sex Selection: A Feminist Critique.” Impact Ethics: Making a Difference in Bioethics. 13 August 2013.

Cattapan, Alana and Audrey L’Espérance. “Surrogate Mothers and the Cash Nexus.” The Toronto Star. 1 March, 2013. A19.