Slate takes a look at Indiaâ€™s half-billion-dollar-a-year reproductive-tourism industry. â€œYou can outsource just about any work to India these days, including making babies,â€ writes Amana Fontanella-Khan.Â Why is India an ideal source for surrogates?
Surrogacy can cost up to $100,000 in the United States, while many Indian clinics charge $22,000 or less.
Very few questions are asked. Same-sex couples, single parents and even busy women who just donâ€™t have time to give birth are welcomed by doctors.
Many Indians speak English and Indian surrogate mothers are less likely to use illegal drugs.
Medical standards in private hospitals are very high.
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Surrogates also profit, instead of selling a kidney they have the less permanent, and equally profitable, option of carrying a child. A typical surrogacy fee can be up to $ 7,000 US. “Surrogacyâ€”Exploiting the Poor?” was the topic of debate on a very popular, talk show on India’s NDTV channel.Â As this industry continues to flourish, new regulations are being discussed to protect the surrogate mothers.
Is India’s Rent-a-Womb industry exploiting the poor? or a safe, profitable trade for India?
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