Summer longreads 2021 plus important updates

As part of my effort to make HeyReprotech financially sustainable, I will be making a few changes before the end of the summer.

The first is a price increase. Starting August 1, 2021, HeyReprotech will cost CAD $99 for an annual subscription or CAD $10 per month. 

If you purchase an annual subscription before then, you will be charged the current price. If you are already a paying subscriber, you won't be charged the higher fee until the next billing cycle. If you are a monthly subscriber, the monthly fee will go up when your August bill comes due. 

Also, if you hold HeyReprotech especially dear, and want to show a little extra love, there is now an option to become a "founding subscriber" at a higher subscription rate.

All prices will continue to include Ontario's 13 percent Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

A second change is that starting September 1, 2021, HeyReprotech will become a paying-only newsletter. That means that only paying subscribers will get access to the full content every week. There will still be a few free posts now and then, but they will be very occasional.

I realize that there are some readers whose circumstances make paying the full price very difficult. I don't want you to give up the newsletter because you can't afford the price. Please contact me directly by email at so that we can work out a discount. I want you here reading the newsletter, and I value your interest. 

Last, group rates for workplaces or organizations that have multiple people who'd like to read the newsletter are now available. Please contact me directly at to discuss a custom arrangement. 

To everyone who reads HeyReprotech, thank you for being here and sharing in the conversation about assisted reproduction. As HeyReprotech moves into its fourth year, I am more grateful than you can know for your continued interest and support.

The newsletter will be on hiatus for the next three weeks and will return on August 3. (I will be here, though, and working on stories. Do not hesitate to get in touch with ideas or questions or to discuss pricing.) 

In the meantime, please enjoy these nine excellent articles.

Nine great reads. 

Jacqueline Mroz. "The case of the serial sperm donor." New York Times. 2021.

Lena Dunham. "False Labor. Giving up on motherhood." Harpers. 2021.

David Corn. "A Bronx Tale: One Sperm Donor, 19 Siblings and Six Decades of Secrets." Mother Jones. 2021.

Anna Louie Sussman. "The Promise and Perils of the New Fertility Entrepreneurs." The New Yorker. 2021.

Lindsay Jones. "The lives of others." The Atavist. 2021.

Sarah Zhang. "The Last Children of Down Syndrome: Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t. This is just the beginning." The Atlantic. 2020.

Bonnie Rochman. "What if fertility didn't have a shelf life?" Marie Claire. 2020.

Older but still relevant:

Stephen Hall. "A New Last Chance: There could soon be a baby-boom among women who thought they’d hit an IVF dead end." New York Magazine. 2017.

Antonio Regalado. "Eugenics 2.0. We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More." MIT Technology Review. 2017.