A major earthquake hit Nepal last weekend. Thousands have died, and many remain in peril amongst the ruins. My thoughts are with the people of Nepal and I hope they are able to recover with the help of the international community.
After surrogacy in India and Thailand was shut down, international surrogacy shifted to Nepal. Disasters like this highlight the lengths many intended parents are willing to go, the risks they take venturing far from home in effort to have children.
A group of Israeli parents through surrogacy and their babies are being airlifted out of Nepal back to Israel. Most of these parents are gay because Israel only permits domestic IVF and surrogacy for opposite sex couples. In the future, I hope that domestic surrogacy expands for gays in places like Israel and Australia, so that people who prefer to go through this process closer to home have the option to do so.