The Courier-Mail

Nepal stops sur­ro­gacy


THE fu­ture of dozens of fam­i­lies has been thrown into limbo af­ter Nepal fol­lowed In­dia and Thai­land and an­nounced a crack­down on the com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy birth mar­ket.

The Supreme Court of Nepal has is­sued an in­terim or­der putting an im­me­di­ate stop to com­mer­cial sur­ro­gacy ser­vices in the coun­try.

Sur­ro­gacy Aus­tralia founder Sam Ever­ing­ham said be­tween 60 and 80 Aus­tralian cou­ples cur­rently have Nepalese sur­ro­gates preg­nant with their chil­dren.

The Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs said yesterday the de­ci­sion means the sta­tus of those ex­ist­ing sur­ro­gacy ar­range­ments is now un­clear.

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