Only a matter of months after the heart-rending media coverage of the Israeli government's evacuation of surrogate babies from the earthquake rubble in Kathmandu, leaving the birth mothers behind to their fate, Nepal has suspended all new commercial surrogacy arrangements. Its an emotive and ethically tricky issue which leaves people hugely divided. Is surrogacy a matter of exercising the fundamental human right to bear a child, or the ultimate in female exploitation? The ban from India and now Nepal may be the start of a movement to bring legal structure and ethically sound accountability to this largely unregulated and rapidly growing area. There can be no doubt that the decision will also bring huge disappointment to many hopeful would-be parents.