Nepal Bans Surrogate Births

Naepal’s Supreme Court has issued an injunction to stop women from carrying surrogate pregnancies, depriving Israel same-sex couples of the option to begin the pregnancies there. Worry for Gay Israelis

The injunction, issued this week, came as the court will rule on a petition to ban the process outright in Nepal. The petition argues that surrogacy exploits poor women’s bodies, according to Haaretz. The court must respond to the petition within 15 days.

Israel bans surrogate pregnancies within Israel for same-sex couples, causing many to turn to surrogacy in foreign countries. Nepal has emerged as a relatively affordable option for the process, especially as India and Thailand have banned surrogacy.

The ruling will not affect couples already in the midst of surrogate pregnancies, but it will bar couples from beginning them. The Center for Surrogacy-Israel estimates that some 100 Israeli couples begin the process in Nepal each year.

The Himalayan nation’s status as a key destination for Israeli would-be parents was spotlighted when the massive earthquake struck, forcing many to rescue children and surrogate mothers from the danger zone.

The decision may not be final, however.

The Supreme Court ordered the government to respond to the petition within 15 days.

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