All surrogacy programs in Nepal may be outlawed soon.
The Supreme Court in Nepal ordered to stop all surrogacy programs in the country.This contradictory decision attracted the interest of Israeli and Australian mass media given the fact that after a recent ban on surrogacy in Thailand Nepal has become some kind of reproductive Mekka.
There are many not so rich intended parents who would go to Nepal for a child being aware of all related risks cause can't afford such a service for a higher fee in the USA, Canada or Russia.
An average price of a standard surrogacy program used to be within 30000 euros till now. But given the circumstances, price increase is expected.
This decision concerned not only heterosexual families, but also gay couples who successfully used in the past the surrogacy procedures in Nepal. About one hundred surrogate babies are going to be born in this country this year.
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Konstantin Svitnev, "Rosjurconsulting" CEO, specialist in the reproductive law, commented on this news:
"For the time being, there is not full prohibition in this Asian country, but temporary ban against starting new surrogacy programs.
As it was announced the final decision would be made by Nepal Supreme Court in the middle of September.
In all probability serious restrictions are going to be accepted as it was recently done by military authorities in Thailand who almost liquidated that prosperous industry in the country. There are some restrictions set in this sphere. The main one is prohibited use of Nepalese women as surmothers. Nevertheless, some agencies found the ways how to fabricate local women documents in order to make the procedure real. It is much cheaper and easier than export of the Indian surrogates. Nepal, along with Mexico and Ukraine, because of the lack of legal regulation and inconsistent legal practice, not to mention the disastrous economic situation and the high level of crime is a country with high risk for intended parents. In addition, there are serious questions concerning the deception and exploitation of the surrogates, as well as compliance with basic health and safety standards in the local "surrogate" farms.