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Checkup: An Oregon Surrogate's Story

Meet Mardi Palan, a hairdresser from Southeast Portland who lives with her partner and 2-year-old son. Palan is carrying twins as a surrogate for a gay couple from Israel.

Thou Shalt Have Children: The 11th Commandment

Not allowed to use a surrogate in their home country, an Israeli couple turned to a Portland woman for help in starting a family of their own.

Fertile Ground: Why Oregon Is The Surrogacy State

There isn't one big reason people end up looking for surrogates in Oregon. It's more like a consequence of a lot of decisions.

Religion And State: Oregon Born, Israel Bound

There are many reasons why Oregon is something of an international center for surrogacy. But for Israeli couples who are gay, there’s another reason to come here: Congregation Beth Israel in Portland.

The Envelope, Please: DNA And Surrogacy

Oregon has become a destination for people looking for in vitro fertilization and a surrogate to carry a child. On the journey, however, these parents walk a tightrope of laws and social expectations, as one situation in Israel shows.

About Oregon, The Surrogacy State

Oregon has become something of an international center for surrogacy. In this five-part series, OPB's Kristian Foden-Vencil explores why this is the case, especially for gay Israeli couples.

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Kristian Foden-Vencil

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