The Dwindling Options for Surrogacy Abroad

For the Australian couple Stephen* and Michael*, having kids involved people from five different countries. Australian law forbids anyone from contracting surrogates or paying women to have children for them, but Stephen and Michael knew other gay couples who’d found a workaround: In developing nations, laxer rules and bigger loopholes would allow them to hire a surrogate abroad.

They’d heard that Nepal was a “safe and easy” option, and a place where surrogacy agencies from western countries with equally strict surrogacy laws had recently set up shop. So Stephen found Tammuz, an Israeli agency, which would help the couple have a child for $35,000.

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Sherpas First To Climb Mount Everest After 2 Years Of Avalanches

This week, climbers stood atop Mount Everest for the first time in two years. An avalanche in 2014 and an earthquake the next year made for the two deadliest days on the mountain ever. Many of those who died were members of the Sherpa ethnic group who typically work in the mountain as porters and guides. From Kathmandu, Danielle Preiss reports on how Sherpas are now weighing the risks of the job.

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