HOMOSEXUAL AUSSIES BUYING BABIES VIA RENT-A-WOMB WOMEN IN THE U.S.
From dailytelegraph: "More than 100 gay Australian couples have paid $80,000 to create a baby using rent-a-womb women in the US, a fertility clinic says.
The controversial scheme, branded as "one-stop baby shopping", is becoming increasingly popular among professional gay men in Sydney and Melbourne, according to The Fertility Institutes based in Los Angeles.
"We've seen more than 125 gay couples from Australia who have gone home with a baby," said the clinic's medical director, Dr Jeffrey Steinberg.
"We're up to six to eight a month now, which is a four-fold increase over two years ago."
The specialist program, the first dedicated to two-father families, allows gay men to pay for surrogate children, a practice which is illegal in Australia.
Couples pick a donor from a list of 400 university students and her eggs are then implanted in a different woman who bears the child."
The process allows sex selection.
"They are almost all professional, working men who obviously have a bit of money and desperately want a child," Dr Steinberg said.
"They've got busy lives and obviously a lot of restrictions on them down in Australia so it's something we can sort out for them for between $US75,000 ($78,500) and US$80,000 ($83,800)."State and federal governments are moving to consider nationally consistent law on the practice, however, this is unlikely to be extended to gay couples."
Paid surrogacy is legal in the US for all couples.