the only thing I had to pay was a $25 fee to have new birth certificates made
but let's get back to your friends. if they are willing to surrogate for you, why not just "do the deed" instead of going the whole AI route? It's not like it's just "casual sex" you are doing it for a purpose.
what is the big deal?
Thus a surrogate would be easier for many couples.
I'm glad Alabama makes it easy (at least for straight married couples).