Telegraph (Aust) 3 Feb 2013
A growing number of men are tackling fatherhood on their own, turning to overseas surrogates to create their “dream” families.
Support group Surrogacy Australia said single men were longing to be dads and were not deterred by a commercial surrogacy ban brought in during 2010 to curb the exploitation of poor women.
Jake Docker, 27, last week brought home his three-week-old twin daughters Pippa and Millie, born to an Indian surrogate on January 8.
“I just wanted to be a dad as long as I could remember,” the public servant from Petersham said. Mr Docker said he had not broken the law because he began the process before the state ban on commercial surrogacy came into effect.
“It was now or never, go it alone or don’t do it at all, so I only just scraped in,” he said.
Mr Docker, who is gay, said there was no other way for him to pursue fatherhood in Australia.