May 15, 2013 | by Staff reports
Gay couples wanting babies flock to Portland
Portland, Gay News, Washington Blade

Portland (photo by Fcb981 via Wikimedia Commons)

PORTLAND — Lesbian and gay couples who want babies are going to Portland from as far away as France, Israel and more to try to conceive using donor eggs, sperm and surrogates not allowed in their own countries, USA Today reported last weekend.

A non-profit support network called Men Having Babies says at least 40 percent of the 1,000 couples in the group are European.

The article said the solid reputation of Oregon Reproductive Medicine (known for its high success rates on egg and sperm donation), Portland’s overall gay friendly vibe and the slightly more reasonable rates for such services (about $90,000 vs. up to $170,000 in larger cities like New York and Los Angeles) contribute to its destination status.

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