Thursday, January 27, 2011

Closed Doors and Opened Windows

Things were looking up. Last night, we got an email with a new batch of egg donors and one possible surrogate. We both felt comfortable selecting an egg donor from one of the three new profiles. Sigh of relief...

Then, this morning, when we went to do the semen collection, we got the proverbial Indian carpet yanked out from underneath our feet. The IVF doctor, Dr. Shweta, had read an article in the Times of India that said that the laws in India were changing and that surrogacy would not be an option for a same sex couple.

Like many things in India, the actual meaning of what is transpiring legislatively is difficult to ascertain. In July of 2009, India decriminalized homosexuality. But from reading the article, it appears that the person giving commentary about the ramifications of this bill either isn't aware, or doesn't understand that homosexuality was already decriminalized in India. In any case, Dr. Shweta was uncomfortable proceeding with our IVF and surrogacy because she felt that she could not get institutional approval for surrogacy for a same-sex couple.

So, two things are happening now. First we are waiting to see what happens with this legislation. Second, the good people at Select Surrogacy are starting to explore the possibility of working with another clinic and another doctor.

Hopefully a window of possibility will open somewhere.

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