New Surrogacy Solution for Gay Israelis: Mexico

The closure of the surrogacy route in Nepal left many gay Israeli couples wishing to have a child through surrogacy in a state of uncertainty regarding the surrogacy process around the world. Now they turn to Mexico

Fogel-Greengold family with a baby born through surrogacy with the help of ‘Tammuz.’

Eastern countries have one after the other closed off the possibility of the procedure, and even if they hadn’t done so, it is doubtful whether after the crisis that gay couples and their newborns suffered in Nepal following the deadly earthquake, this track would still be considered relevant. The only route left is surrogacy in the US, which is significantly expensive and beyond the reach of many couples.

But there is another country where the surrogacy route has been run in an orderly manner for months, and is becoming an alternative for couples who are interested in the process: Mexico.

In fact, currently the United States and Mexico are the only two countries in the world where surrogacy activities are enshrined in law for same-sex couples and individuals. This fact made Mexico the most sought after destination for same-sex couples and individuals around the world.

“The Mexico route is a great alternative for couples and singles, straight and gay, who want an orderly procedure with Western standards and at a cost very close to that of the procedure in the East,” said Roy Rosenblatt-Nir, Director of the Mexico area of the surrogacy agency “Tammuz”.

“We were impressed by a very advanced country in terms of medicine and infrastructure, as well as legislation prohibiting discrimination of any kind. The process of surrogacy in Mexico is very organized and has been taking place for 18 years in the District of Tabasco,” he says and wants to reassure the intended parents about problems and difficulties associated with surrogacy there in recent years. “Recently there were clinics and small agencies popping up and providing unskilled and dubious services, including taking the clients’ money and then disappearing.”

The surrogacy process that Mexico offers consists of 2 stages: conception and prenatal care until week 31 takes place in a leading fertility clinic in Mexico City, and the birth takes place as required by law in the Tabasco region. In addition, the intended parents enjoy personal support and participate in “preparation for parenthood” workshops.

Idan Netzer, whose son was born two weeks ago via surrogacy in Mexico, says of his choice: “When I started thinking about having a child through surrogacy, the price was a serious factor, but I also wanted to do this in a place that’s neat and clean and minimizes risks and problems. I considered very seriously the option of Nepal, mainly because of the cost, but in the end I decided that Mexico is the optimal option, being the alternative between America’s high costs, and the uncertainty that accompanies the process in the east.”