There has been a recent rise in Indian surrogacy. Many celebrity parents decide to use surrogates for various fertility and personal reasons. For example Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have children born of a surrogate along with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
Some argue that there are many benefits to surrogacy. For many the cost is comparable to that of an adoption. But there is also the added benefit of having a biological child and sharing a deeper genetic bond. However, there are many that would argue that there are many children in need of good parents and adoption is a better choice.
But many are now choosing to outsource their surrogacy to Indian women. An apparently there are even match makers of sorts that make this happen. A press release I received stated that Crystal Travis is a go-to consultant for those wanting an Indian surrogacy.
I approach this topic with great concern and consideration.
Surrogacy actually has many benefits. The parents gain a child they were unable (or sometimes merely unwilling) to gestate on their own. The surrogate mothers benefit from improved healthcare and monetary compensation. In reality, many surrogate mothers would not make the type of income they make from surrogacy in any other way. This is especially true for women in India.
But then again, there is this little voice in the back of my head that makes me question whether this could be compared to female slavery. I wonder if these mothers really enjoy being pregnant with the child of others or if they simply have no other means of income. How do their children and other family react when the pregnancy is over and there is no new baby in the house?
In a country where 32.7% fall beneath the international standards for poverty, is surrogacy a glimmer of hope to India mother’s struggling to feed there own children? Or perhaps surrogacy is way to escape a life of forced prostitution.
We have to question if this is right. If it’s ok to have surrogate mothers carry your baby, is it ok to genetically engineer your child as well? Where do we draw the line between what is medically possible and what is ethical and appropriate?
Over 25,000 surrogate babies are born to Indian mothers annually. And according to Travis, “Surrogacy is a 2.3 billion dollar industry in India.” There are far fewer laws in India in regards to surrogacy. This keeps the costs down to the prospective parents. But one has to wonder what the costs are to the human condition of the women involved in the business professional pregnancies.
Source: Press release from www.worldofsurrogacy.com