Isha Devi, 30, became a surrogate to help keep her family afloat. Her husband, a rickshaw driver, couldn't work after an accident with a bus — and medical bills began mounting up. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Why Some Of India's Surrogate Moms Are Full Of Regret

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Cleveland Clinic surgeons in February transplanted a uterus from a deceased donor into 26-year-old Lindsey McFarland, who was born without one. Though the experimental surgery was initially thought successful, a raging infection forced removal of the organ within weeks. Cleveland Clinic hide caption

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A Transplanted Uterus Offers Hope, But Procedure Stirs Debate

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Chinese lesbian couple Rui Cai (left) and Cleo Wu play with their twin babies, born last month. China does not allow same-sex marriages, and only married, heterosexual couples have access to assisted reproduction. The women went through in vitro fertilization in the U.S., and the children were born in China. Courtesy of Rui Cai and Cleo Wu hide caption

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Undaunted By China's Rule Book, Lesbian Couple Welcomes Their Newborn Twins

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Manuel Santos feeds 6-month-old Carmen last July, as biological father Bud Lake looks on. A Thai court ruled Tuesday that Lake has custody of Carmen, now 15 months old. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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A surgical team at Sooam Biotech in Seoul, South Korea, injects cloned embryos into the uterus of an anesthetized dog. Rob Stein/NPR hide caption

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Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent

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Ora Mor Yosef, a quadriplegic Israeli woman, had a surrogate child via a niece who underwent the procedure in India and gave birth in Israel. But Israeli authorities, including the High Court, ruled against Mor Yosef, and the baby has been in foster care for more than two years. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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Quadriplegic Israeli Woman Challenges Surrogacy Rules And Loses A Child

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Manuel Santos feeds 6-month-old Carmen as biological father Bud Lake looks on. The couple is fighting for custody of the baby, born to a surrogate in Thailand who now wants to keep her. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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A Thai Surrogacy Case, With A 6-Month-Old Girl Caught In The Middle

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Simon Clements, left, and Steve Williams with their 6-month-old daughter, Sophie, in London. The two British men began the process of finding a surrogate mother more than two years ago. While legal in the U.K., the practice of surrogacy is tightly restricted. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Surrogate Parenting: A Worldwide Industry, Lacking Global Rules

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Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua with her baby Gammy, who was born with Down Syndrome. An Australian couple who'd arranged for Pattaramon to serve as their surrogate rejected the child. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy Babymaker

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Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen Aug. 12 during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok. ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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