A controversial Canadian contest to give away free fertility treatment announced the winners last week. But instead of choosing just one lucky couple, the radio station hosting the contest, Hot 89.9 in Ottawa, chose all five couples who were finalists, reported the Vancouver Sun. The paper reported that about 400 couples entered the contest, which generated debate about whether it capitalized on the desperation of couples anxious to have a child. The station’s website reports the five couples as Natasha and Ryan Derouchie, Marie Allene MacGillivray and Christopher James Noiles, Tracy and Nathan Broad, Josee and Steven Nicholson, and Carly and Benjamin Perkins. The radio station will pay for up to three fertility treatments. Although Canadians have a national health program, fertility treatments like IVF are not covered.
What do you think: Is a “Win a Baby” contest a good idea -- or does it exploit people who are struggling to conceive?