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Light micrograph of a successfully fertilized oocyte after an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.

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.


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.

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.


Amir Tal holds his newborn baby girl in a conversion ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

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.



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