BEIRUT: While reproductive technologies are becoming increasingly popular in Lebanon, couples seeking surrogacy arrangements are being forced to look abroad due to religious and legislative barriers, doctors say. Lebanese couples with trouble conceiving a child can visit a range of fertility clinics across the country, including many that specialize in once controversial in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Through IVF procedures, a woman’s eggs are removed from her body and fertilized with her partner’s sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized embryos are then implanted in the woman’s uterus.
But the use of a gestational surrogate – in which the couple’s fertilized eggs are implanted into another woman’s uterus, who then carries the baby to term – remains a controversial issue in Lebanon.
Many countries ban the practice due to fears that it may lead to exploitation, as gestational carriers are sometimes paid hefty sums. In some societies, surrogacy is taboo for religious reasons – as is the case throughout most of Middle East.
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