Photo: M. A. Padriñán

Photo: M. A. Padriñán

public policy

Current project:

TIME TO ATTACH: McLeod is leading an interdisciplinary group of researchers that is partnering with Ontario's Adoptive Parents Association to write a report for the Canadian Government about why it ought to expand parental leave benefits for people who provide permanency to children (i.e., adoptive parents; permanent customary and kin caregivers). Our view is that these benefits ought to be equal, at the very least, to those offered to biological parents.

Select Past projects:

PUBLIC FUNDING FOR IVF: This effort culminated in a report and a paper about why the Ontario government should not deem IVF to be a medically necessary service. See “The Medical Non-Necessity of In Vitro Fertilization” (IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 2017)See also “Building Families Equitably in Ontario” (Toronto Star, 2015); “Raising Expectations about IVF But Not Adoption” (with A. Botterell, Impact Ethics, 2014); and “Can Public Funding for IVF Be Justified?” (with A. Botterell, In Due Course, 2014). 

CONSCIENTIOUS REFUSALS IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE: McLeod led a CIHR-funded research group that studied refusals by health care professionals to provide reproductive services (e.g., abortions) on grounds of conscience. After consulting with Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, the group created a model policy; see “Moving Forward With a Clear Conscience: A Model Conscientious Objection Policy for Canadian Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons” (Health Law Review, 2013). The group also responded to calls for consultation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario about regulating conscientious refusals. Their new Policy 2-15 "Professional Obligations and Human Rights" reflects some of our recommendations, in particular our claim that conscientious objectors should be required to give referrals for the services they refuse to provide so that their objections do not disrupt access to them.