Wednesday, February 18, 2009

'Baby Touristing' On Rise In Quebec: Doctors

From CBC:

Strategy seen as a quick way to get Canadian citizenship for children.

Quebec doctors say they're seeing an increasing number of pregnant women from other countries visiting Montreal on vacation just to deliver their babies, a strategy known as "baby touristing."

The practice is promoted on some international websites and blogs as a way to get automatic Canadian citizenship for children.

Now officials from the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists and the Quebec Association of Gynecologists say they are seeing more and more female tourists from French-speaking countries arriving at Montreal hospitals to give birth to their babies.

Gaétan Barrette, president of the medical specialists federation, raised the issue with Quebec's new Health Minister Yves Bolduc this week.

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