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Nepal’s top court orders suspension of surrogacy services

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Published on August 28, 2015 with No Comments

Nepal’s top court has ordered a halt to commercial surrogacy services in the Himalayan nation until it rules on the legality of the practice.

Nepal has become a destination for foreigners seeking to have children through surrogate mothers. The practice is controversial, with critics saying it exploits the poverty of women.

Although Nepal has no laws on its books covering surrogacy, the government last year allowed foreign women to serve as surrogates in Nepal but barred local women.

“There are no laws regarding surrogacy… It raises many constitutional and legal questions,” Nahakul Subedi, spokesman for the Supreme Court has been quoted by media. “So the court issued a stay order on surrogacy services yesterday … Until the case is settled,” Subedi told mdia. .

Advocate Prabin Pandak, who filed the original lawsuit against the practice, told media that the court’s order would put a stop to the registration of new cases. “Women should not be a subject of trade, neither should a child,” Pandak said. “Nepali women are not allowed to be surrogate mothers but they are misrepresented as Indian and used for surrogacy,” she added.

Nepal has become an attractive destination for couples who find its services cheaper than those offered by surrogacy agencies in the west. Israel in April airlifted 25 infants born to Indian surrogate mothers in Kathmandu after Nepal was hit by a devastating quake that killed nearly 9,000 people.


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