An article featuring Dr. Smotrich and La Jolla IVF regarding gay surrogacy was published in the French magazine Le Figaro in January 2014. This story received widespread publicity and testimony to this fact is that in March 2014 a story based on this article was published in the German newspaper/magazine Bild. It is the best-selling non-Asian newspaper and has the sixth largest circulation worldwide. Bild is described as having a huge influence on the German public including German politicians. Dr. Smotrich has become world-renowned in the field of surrogacy and approximately 35% of his patients are gay and LGBT.