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.
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?
â€” NATASHA KHAN