India is an attractive destination for infertile foreign nationals
Policy Post #106
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The topic of surrogacy has been gaining a lot of airtime in India’s parliament, policy circles, and maybe even dinner table conversations in the last few years. With India working on getting its own Surrogacy Bill, this week we’re bringing to you a piece by one of our community members that decodes India’s surrogacy landscape, what makes it so attractive to foreigners, and what India’s regulatory future holds for women for whom surrogacy is a livelihood.
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With that, we bring to you: Policy Post #106!
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Commercial Surrogacy: was it so wrong?
Shivangi Dokania write: Booming business in Akanksha infertility clinic at Anand gave this Indian town a rather peculiar name: ‘The baby factory’ and the surrogates here are referred to as incubators working in this factory. India’s burgeoning ‘infertility tourism’ hinges on the ‘exploitation’ of these incubators. The complete surrogacy package including the cost of fertilization, the cost of delivery at a hospital, and the surrogate mother’s fee all combine to be about one-fifth of that in the US (The Guardian). Thus, India seems like an attractive destination for all infertile foreign nationals who are desperate for a child. Whereas for the poverty-stricken Indian women, surrogacy emerges as a way out of their misery and a means of achieving a better future for their kids – one that does not resemble their own.
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